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15 June 2007

Rewriting today for a better future - preview

Jez Smith meets fellow Young Friend Emily Hunka, co-founder and chair of Rewrite, an organisation working with young refugees, migrants and other disadvantaged young people

I am inside an old industrial ware-house in south London in February
  • A group of young people are writing plays based on community and loyalty
  • One group is filming a CCTV scene that will appear on screen as part of a live performance, a couple of months later

  • The passion and commitment of this group of young people as they work together is plain to see
  • They are all participants in REACT, a weekly drama-based group, run by the charity Rewrite
  • They are from families with different ethnic and country origins, but come together under the auspices of Rewrite, a registered charity
  • It brings children and young people from refugee and non-refugee communities together in drama and creative writing projects
  • Rewrite aims to break down barriers of prejudice surrounding refuge and asylum, and to promote understanding and celebration of cultural diversity

  • Jez Smith

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