On Wednesday 26 November, a travelling theatre company visited Isleworth & Syon, to perform a piece for Year 9 students titled Looking Good. The main story of the performance centred on a teenage couple trying to decide whether to have sex for the first time. The performance gave an unglamorous portrayal of losing one’s virginity, as the female embraced promiscuity following her partner’s desire to wait a little longer. The female character finished the story pregnant at 15 years old, and full of regret.
This performance used humour effectively throughout, and our students were extremely engaged. The story also discussed other salient issues to young people, specifically related to discrimination (such as the use of ‘gay’ as an insult) and online privacy. Following their performance, the group had a question and answer session with the students, which led to a lively debate. The boys asked some fantastic questions and made some very coherent and well thought-out points.
Many thanks to the members of the group for giving their time to talk to our students, and to Year 9 for their behaviour during the afternoon.