February 2013

The Tom Easton Flavasum Trust

 
 

February 2013

GALA DINNER AND ONLINE AUCTION

The first thing we must tell you is that the fundraising  dinner we are holding with the Robert Levy Foundation has been postponed until Wednesday 8 May!

We had to do this because we ran out of time. Our thanks to Gilgamesh in Camden Town for letting us fix a new date... and the comedian/compere Jeff Innocent for still being there to help us on the night! Our aim is for everyone to have a great time, so please make a note of the NEW date!

We’re also trying to find ways of getting the event sponsored to reduce costs. If you have any ideas...

The online auction will still happen, too, so please think about donating those expensive presents you’re never likely to use. There’s bound to be someone out there who wants to buy them!

WORTH MORE

Last year we approached Islington Council to see if we would could continue to use the wall where Ben Eine spray-painted "CHANGE" in 2010. They agreed, and Ben offered to repaint it with the words "WORTH MORE". In one of the wettest months of the year (summer, of course!), "CHANGE" was covered over with white paint and Ben spent whatever dry hours there were to spray-paint the new words.

During the whole time, Mark One and his friends filmed Ben at work. The idea is to reduce many hours of filming to less than half an hour, include the original "CHANGE" being painted and covered over, and an interview with Ben. It should be a great insight into the way Ben works and why he has so generously donated his time and energy to help us.

We should also mention that copies of the "CHANGE" 4-page card plus an envelope are still available for £2. There’s no message inside, so it has multiple uses! Just email peter@theflavasumtrust.org.

DEVASTATING AFTER EFFECTS

After completing his short film, Mark One has spent a great deal of time conducting feedback sessions with young people and adults (including active gang members) in schools, youth centres, churches and amongst many potential users. Edits and re-edits followed, to ensure "After Effects" serves the purpose it was made for - reaching young people and bringing about changes in their attitude towards carrying knives and guns.

During 2013, the final cut will be completed and will include short pieces depicting its making, behind the scenes, vox pops and a short film called "I Am Who?" by Jahnoi Cranston.

Flavasum will help Mark produce a pack that includes not only the DVD, but a short booklet that can be used by anyone who wants to show the film. The pack won’t cost anything, but it will only be available to individuals and organisations to use interactively with young people. For more information, please visit Devastating After Effects.

IMPACT EVALUATION

In 2009 we undertook a pilot research project to find out how anti-knife theatre impacts on young people. Although two questionnaires were filled in by a small number of pupils at schools and Pupil Referral Units during a tour of “Boy X” by Arc Theatre in the Thames Valley, we were unable to arrange to have a third questionnaire completed. But it was a useful exercise because it told us what was wrong with our methodology.

In 2012 we worked with The Comedy School and the Metropolitan Police in Barnet. “It’s No Joke!” was performed twice a day throughout June as part of Barnet’s Junior Citizen programme. More than 1500 Year-6 pupils filled in a pre-performance questionnaire, and then a week or so later completed another in school. These pupils left their primary schools in the summer and joined their secondary schools in September.

During the next few months the Met will be visiting all the first years at these secondary schools and a third questionnaire will be completed.

When we analyse the results we should be able to find out if attitudes changed after seeing theatre that explicitly presented the case against carrying knives, and whether this altered in any way during the pupils’ crucial first months at secondary school. It is then that young people are most vulnerable to peer pressure, and for some that might be the pressure to carry a knife.

The third questionnaire will also be completed by pupils who won’t have seen the play, so we will have something like a control group against which we can compare our results. If we can, we’ll publish our findings before the summer.