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Play Encourages Youngsters to Think about University

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A play exploring the benefits of Higher Education has toured schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Titled ‘Is it worth it?’, the play explored how Year 12 pupils make a decision about whether a university education is the right choice for them. Set alongside other key decisions at this stage in their lives, the play got pupils thinking about their futures.

The production was devised and performed by students on the Drama and Performance BA degree course at the University of Worcester and comes at a time when students are facing a significant increase in tuition fees in England.

Jane Kendrick from Ounsdale School in Wombourne, Wolverhampton, said: “It is probably the best session we have ever had that has been provided by an external organisation.

“It was pitched at just the right level for the students and the information was put across in an extremely entertaining and informative way.”

There was a lively interactive workshop to support the play, encouraging pupils to explore solutions to the characters’ dilemmas.

Julie Fisher, Outreach Coordinator at the University, said: “‘Is it worth it?’ challenged higher education stereotypes and encouraged the audience to explore their own interests to discover the links to a whole range of future possibilities.

“The play’s core message was about understanding the link between hard work and opportunity.”

The student performers study Theatre in Education as part of their course and regularly tour their performances to schools and colleges across the region as well as offering drama workshops and other theatre activities to young people. For more details of the Drama Department's Educational Outreach Programme contact the University’s Outreach and Recruitment team on 01905 855028.