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ScreenPLAY is a social enterprise which evolved out of a series of film projects with young people created for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. We believe in enabling and empowering people through arts activity.

Giving people a voice, through film and arts projects helps develop life skills, confidence and self esteem while reducing exclusion and inequality. Young people become more active partners in their own education, developing knowledge for later life. The people we work with are at the heart of our films, making a difference to their schools, neighbourhoods and wider communities. The range of our work has grown to include making seafront banners with children in schools, and an immersive ‘healing journey’ in a remote Dorset landscape using mobile digital technologies. Our projects create a sense of place in which those taking part become co-creators of the work.

ScreenPLAY works with young people to give them the digital skills they need for work, for their future education and for 21st century life. Our Silver Arts Award in Film and Digital production -
hailed as an ‘excellent series of high quality arts experiences’ - offers young people a level 2 GCSE A-C equivalent qualification read more

The techniques at the heart of our work are what we call our ‘dramatherapy approach’ to filmmaking, developed by ScreenPLAY Co-director Sharon Hayden who is a practicising dramatherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Using skilled facilitators, we create a safe space for participants and enable them to tell their stories through drama, art and film.

The need for our work with young people is well supported by academic research. Emotional health in childhood is the most important contributing factor in young people’s future satisfaction and happiness in life, according to Profession Richard Layard and the Wellbeing research project at the London School of Economics (What Predicts a Successful Life - A Life-Course model of Well-being, Economic Journal Nov 2014).

Since 2015, ScreenPLAY has done several projects in partnership with Jigsaw PSHE, developers of the Jigsaw scheme of social and emotional learning for primary children.
What was it like to be a worker at a first World War cordite factory or a nurse looking after grievously injured soldiers at a Red Cross Hospital ?
Tommy’s Sisters, based on diaries and archives, tells the moving story of life on the home front through the eyes of four women and a girl in 1916.
ScreenPLAY was a production partner on this film with State of Play Arts, for the Priest’s House Museum First World War Centenary Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The film is being screened around Dorset with the actors in costume and in role taking part in a post show discussion about their lives up to 1920.
For more information about Tommy’s Sisters please email ObscureMyEmail
Circle from a Square is a music video by children at St Andrews Primary School in Weymouth. Five ScreenPLAY artists worked across the school on song, dance, animation and movement for the film which will be used as a teaching resource across the UK and abroad by Jigsaw PSHE.
"We wanted to give you the idea that you are not watching it - you are part of the story."
Tia - Jigsaw Jenie My Hero