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UK's Theatre in Education project launched in Taiwan

The SMASHED project has been conducted over the last three years

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UK's Theatre in Education project launched in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)-- The British Council, the Ministry of Education, and DIAGEO jointly launched the SMASHED project on Tuesday, introducing the "Theatre in Education" to Taiwanese audiences and tackling the biggest problems teenagers are facing nowadays.

The SMASHED project has been conducted over the last three years. This unique theater project uses a highly interactive set of drama methods. Stories written and played by students have been on stage for over 50 times at 23 schools with fantastic feedback from both teachers and students.

Different from traditional government campaigns, the MOE introduced the theater education program of Collingwood Learning from the UK to Taiwanese students, bringing the art to tackle things important to young people and raising awareness on campus issues.

UK's Theatre in Education project launched in Taiwan

This year, students from Juang Jing Vocational High School and Nan Chiang Industrial & Commercial Senior High School are bringing short plays to junior high and high schools around Taiwan. The plays deal with important issues to young people including equal rights, alcohol and drug addiction, relationships, and the rejection of bullying.

It’s difficult for grownups to approach young people on certain issues in the way that doesn't push them away, so the theater education project is a great platform to reach some of the issues and to communicate with the teenage students, officials said. The program brings young people to create their own plays and their own stories in the language young people understand.

The registration for the SMASHED project is open to high schools across Taiwan and to junior high schools in New Taipei City starting now until January 10, 2018. The performances at high schools and vocational schools will be presented by professional troupe Think Feel Move, as the two student groups will be presenting their plays in junior high school in New Taipei City.