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‘Blood, Sweat & Chocolate’

Riverside School of Performing Arts (RSPA) performed 16 dynamic performances of ‘Blood, Sweat & Chocolate’ to over 3000 students in schools around Birmingham. Using humour and personal stories, RSPA raised hard-hitting issues behind the production of our favourite chocolate bars. Students were shocked to hear how children are trafficked onto cocoa farms and the horrendous treatment they suffer. Here is some of the feedback we received about the show:

“A fully engaging piece that provoked thought and laughter” Head of Drama Smithswood School.

“Just wanted to pass on my thanks to the company for the excellent performance today. It provided the girls with lots of food for thought.” Head of Drama Kings Norton Girls School

We hope to have made a lasting impact on the young people, enabling them to know that they can make a difference by choosing traffic-free chocolate.

RSPA performed excerpts from ‘Blood, Sweat & Chocolate’ at the Birmingham Sustainability Fair in Victoria Square on Saturday 10th March. This open air performance was well received by passers-by, and it was great to be part of a large scale event promoting ethical trade.

An extended version of ‘Blood, Sweat & Chocolate’ was then performed at the MAC to a packed Hexagon theatre on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March. The show included exciting new sketches, which were some the team’s favourites. The show was described as “hilarious, but hard hitting”. It was wonderful to have such positive feedback from so many familiar faces.

Helen Farquharson

NOW RECRUITING FOR NEW STUDENTS 2012-13. 0121 442 2586 helenf@rspa.org.uk