Pupils at six secondary schools in Wolverhampton, Dudley and Birmingham are to take part in plays dealing with issues of bullying, peer pressure and gang culture.
The Year 10 GCSE drama groups from Deansfield, Highfields, Coppice, Kings, Dormston and Great Barr secondary schools have taken part in workshops run by the University of Wolverhampton Drama students, who have created plays based on the schoolchildren’s ideas.
The University students will perform the plays for the groups in their schools during the week beginning Monday, March 2 2009.
After watching the forum theatre plays, the drama pupils will have the opportunity to change the outcome of the play for the better, by taking the part of the lead character and improvising new situations and scenes.
Senior Lecturer, Kate Hale, from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience what professional drama work in schools might be like. The work is challenging but rewarding and the students always enjoy the interaction with the young people.”
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