The famous yellow staircase is a fixture of the Southbank Centre and of the entire south waterfront in London. Over the years, I find myself here time and time again whether it’s to see a photography exhibit, to see Andrew play, or to use their free public bathrooms.
Yesterday, I took a group of five middle school girls to see a play here. Due to some disorganisation beyond our control and poor timing, we were actually about four hours early for the play. At first, it seemed like this was going to be a hardship, however, the girls were immediately drawn into the various activities and stalls that the centre had to offer. We were able to walk around the amazing food market where I ate Sri Lankan street food known as Kothu Roti, which is also yellow in colour.
I’ve got to learn how to make this. After the food, it was time for a little workshop on the United Nation’s Right of the Child. I learned there are a lot of them, and they’re written in a child-friendly way on light yellow paper.
It’s good for kids to see how they have the right to be treated. Appropriately after that workshop we went to see a play called Layla’s Room. This is a three-person play written as a single story but is actually an amalgamation of hundreds of girls’ stories from across the UK. The play is narrated by a young girl who was sexually harassed and assaulted in her school while she deals with her peers, the administration, and parental reactions. The girls enjoyed it and found it to be relevant to their world. I can’t wait to talk about it more when we get back to school.