Reflecting on Highbury

In the next session sat down with the young people and talked about their visit to Highbury Hall. Some of the group had missed the trip, but it was heartening that they had already been told about the trip by their peers, showing how well the project was connecting with them and firing their imaginations.
The young people were asked about their visit, some recalled facts about the nurses and their duties,the soldiers and the hospital and others spoke about the the balcony, the gardens, the library and the bedrooms. The young people were split into smaller groups and asked to write letters as if they were Kitty at Highbury, surrounded by the wounded and other nurses, but alone in her thoughts and feelings about what she had seen and heard. Richard suggests that Kitty was not only hiding her letters, but also her feelings which emerge when she sleeps, in fretful dreams of artillery and the cries of the wounded, interspersed with the dreams of the innocence of her years in Dublin.

Richard asked the young people about their own dreams, did they have a recurring dream they felt able to speak about? Did they ever sleep walk? How might they write about that dream and what it may mean?
The sixth session at Queensbridge School. The young people combine their writing with dramatic moments.
Richard choreographs their movements.
Matt Hinks