In True Pirate Fashion was originally included as part of the Expecting Respect peer education program. Developed by a consortium of Edmonton social service agencies, Expecting Respect ran for over 10 years as an innovative addition to the junior high health curriculum. Today, In True Pirate Fashion includes both the interactive theatre production and workshops that engage the students in exploring social issues such as bulling, tobacco use and self esteem.
In 2005, the Expecting Respect Social Services Consortium (including representatives from Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, AADAC, Capital Health Community Health Promotion and Prevention Services, City of Edmonton Community Services, and Edmonton Public and Catholic School Boards) commissioned a play that would be the culminating session for their teen leadership training conferences and would address bullying, healthy and unhealthy relationships, media influence, tobacco use, self image and self-esteem. They contracted freelance theatre professional and former addictions specialist with youth and families, Jan Taylor, to write the play and the accompanying interactive workshop. Via a collective process with six professional actors and ongoing feedback from junior high students, teachers and representatives from the consortium, In True Pirate Fashion was created. Until the fall of 2010, In True Pirate Fashion was available exclusively to junior high students attending the Expecting Respect leadership conferences. Now, Kompany Family Theatre is thrilled to offer this meaningful program as a school tour.