Y9 YOLO theatre company performance on Pressures - 14 December


On Thursday 14 December we will be welcoming ‘An Invisible Man’ theatre company to the academy, to perform YOLO (‘You Only Live Once’) to Year 9 students as part of our ‘Life’ programme. The performance explores how YOLO explores how young people react to pressures in their lives. The performance will take place in lessons, during Thursday 14 December, Period 1 and 2. All students in Year 9 will see the performance and then take part in a workshop following the performance.

The Academy are funding the cost of this production as we feel this is an excellent opportunity to enhance the ‘Life’ curriculum in school.

A letter went home via students recently, and can be viewed below.

The play was originally commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council.


Sophie lives with her father (a soldier) and her stepmother. She’s locked in her bedroom with her father outside the door as they try to discuss the activity and motivations of the weekend just past. Sophie has just returned from hospital, in which she found herself in after a bad reaction to legal high drugs at a party, and Dad wants to know “why!?”…

Daniel is in a meeting with a school counsellor, this is a re-admission meeting after he has been found to have supplied the drugs to Sophie at the party.

YOLO explores how (these) young people react to pressures around them, pressures to do things and pressures not too. It’s hard fitting in when nobody really knows what we are supposed to be doing or saying. Looking at many risk taking activities YOLO explores the pressure we feel to do things. Why? Because, “You Only Live Once”…

YOLO is designed to allow the audiences to actively, honestly and directly adress and discuss topics, in the play and workshop, alchohol, legal highs, sexting, online bullying, sexual health (inc STIs) teenage pregnancy and online safety, not to mention teen vs parent relationships…

The play lasts1 hour and has a 1-2 hour workshop that follows the production.