Rockwood students participate in international project

Friday 23rd April 2021

This academic year two students took part in a project called ‘Mirror Effect’. Mirror Effect isan exchange and collaboration between:

  • Ten girls aged between 13 to 18 from Birmingham with Bangladeshi heritage.
  • Ten girls from Bangladesh.

Our students got to take part in ten Zoom sessions, using drama to explore themes like ‘City Life’ and ‘Female Identities’. The participants were paired up digitally, one person from Bangladesh with one person from Birmingham, and created a film together exploring new realities of the current pandemic and its implications in their lives. This meant that they were able to share creativity across boundaries in order to gain a better understanding of their different lives, cultures and experiences.

The students produced a number of films:

The project was a partnership between Komola Collective in London, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Together We Can from Bangladesh. Komola Collective is a London-based arts organisation dedicated to telling stories from the female perspective. Birmingham Repertory Theatre is an internationally renowned producing theatre, inspiring the people of Birmingham and beyond to a lifelong love of theatre whilst reflecting the diversity of the city and surrounding region. Together We Can company was formed in 2018 running participatory projects in Bangladesh working with people from the most vulnerable communities and living in the most deprived areas, including refugees and people from the Hill Tracts. 

Humaira, who took part in the project, said “I really enjoyed my experience in Mirror Effect as I was able to connect with people from my home country. I was able to share my story and listen to their inspiring stories too!”

Mr Donaldson, Assistant Head Teacher, said: “This was a really innovative project, taking advantage of the internet to connect students across the world. Our students here at Rockwood are involved in many projects, but this one was something a bit different. Well done to the girls who took part!”