Suitability: Key Stage One, Key Stage Two
Outside the Circle recounts the story of a child who is made to feel
alienated from his friends when they begin to call him names and tease him
because he is different from them. He wants to be allowed to join in, but is
deliberately excluded. Increasingly isolated and lonely, he begins to feel
ashamed of his identity, and of his family. He tries a variety of strategies to
make things better for himself, before approaching an appropriate, trusted adult
for support. The story gives children an empathetic understanding of how it feels
to be called names, teased, isolated, or bullied because of cultural difference.
Each performance consists of a telling to ideally two but up to three classes
followed by a discussion of the story, drawing out key themes. The performance
will last between 45 minutes and one hour, and will take place in the school hall.
Post performance discussion will be tailored to the interests and abilities of the
group. The story and the people in it will be discussed, as well as how the story
made the children feel, and how the events in the story relate to their