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'Slice O' Bread' - the friendship song


Youth charity's Technicolor musical tribute to friendship

"A slice o’ bread, when all is said, would be nothing without tasty butter nicely spread."

Exposure, the youth communications charity working with disadvantaged young people experiencing mental health issues and/or learning difficulties, presents 'Slice O' Bread'.

This original musical number, with accompanying promotional film, addresses the loneliness experienced by many people – young and old – in classic Hollywood style.

Young people came together to deepen their understanding of friendship, exploring and expressing:

• how to deal with loneliness and feeling different;
• healthy/unhealthy friendships and the role social media can play;
• how to be supportive, empathetic, honest and trustworthy.

Their testimonies inspired the song lyrics performed by singer Sadie Smith, 16 and rapper Luke Bluemink, 18. The orchestral score was composed by Harry Pollard, 18.

Young people created a screen narrative to bring the song to life, scouting locations, sourcing props/costumes and dressing sets, before acting and dancing in the film.

“The idea was to produce a universally appealing composition, with a modern twist, that transcends the generations,” said Fran O’Connell, Project Manager.

The project improved young people’s skills, confidence, motivation and resilience, supporting them to express feelings, overcome difficulties and manage transitions in their lives.

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