Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools

October 2014 – September 2015
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This project aims to facilitate the dissemination of research findings beyond the academic environment; to engage school students in critical reflection on current migration issues in the UK through alternative means; to raise awareness of how contemporary migration issues affect young migrants in particular; to lay foundations for a long-term educational resource, and to influence policy-makers and practitioners through engaging them with the performances. It will do so by working in collaboration with schools in London, Birmingham and Thame, as well as local charities, to develop scripted monologues into an educational resource using theatre.

The recently completed COMPAS project, 'Undocumented Migrant Children', investigated the impact that lack of legal immigration status has on migrant children’s daily lives, their access to schools and healthcare. The research project also commissioned the theatre company ice & fire to script five scripted monologues based on interviews collected during the research with a view to a stage performance. These monologues are used in the project, adapted to fit each school group.

Principal Investigator

Bridget Anderson


Vanessa Hughes, Ida Persson


Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (pilot)