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Derwent is Different

Norris, Jamie
About the show:

Running Time: 45 min + 10 min Q&A | Grade Range: 2-7 

Touring: Currently not touring

Actors: 1 (1 male)

DERWENT IS DIFFERENT. He wears different clothes, eats different food, plays different games. Ramona has been Derwent’s best friend but as they have grown older, Ramona has decided that Derwent is “too weird”. In an effort to win her back, Derwent creates a video diary that chronicles the trials he has endured in grade 4 from the class bully. Derwent is Different follows the struggle of an imaginative young boy as he deals with the pressure to conform.

Winner: Jessie Richardson Award, Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, 2001

Curriculum Connections: Acceptance | Peer Pressure | Building Self Confidence 

"Thank-you for coming to Uplands School and performing the play. I thought that it was very funny and tought me how to stand up to bullying. Derwent’s perma-bruise looked very real and I thught it was real until the actor said it was not real. If the actor in our play performs again I would like Uplands to have another play. The set was very intricate and well made."

– Jacey Neid, Uplands Elementary

"This exceptional ‘one man’ performance was able to address the issues relating to betrayal, friendship, and individuality, along with the consequences of emotional, verbal and physical abuse. It’s ending provides an uplifting message of hope and self actualization for every audience. Bravo!"

– Sharon D’souza, Dr. Roberta Bondar Elementary

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