Award-Winning University of Worcester Play to be Staged at Natural History Museum

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An award-winning play, developed by the University of Worcester to help school pupils think about higher education, will be performed in front of thousands of visitors at the Natural History Museum in London this summer.

‘It’s Up to You’, directed by Alison Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance, and performed by current university students, is centred around the issues surrounding GCSE option choices.

The play is one of two projects from the University of Worcester selected to be part of the Universities Week 2014 festival, Ideas for Life, showcasing research from British Universities at the Natural History Museum from June 9-13.

Almost 5,000 visitors per day are expected at the Museum’s Darwin Centre, where the play will be performed multiple times. Through a collaboration between Dr Richard Woolley, in the University’s Institute of Education, and David Broster, from the University’s Drama & Performance department, the University of Worcester is also staging ‘Pop-up Controversy’ as part of the event, which will see debates and discussions, on a range of topics based on current research, taking place with visitors

Gian Fazey-Koven, Head of Outreach and Recruitment at the University of Worcester, said: “We are so excited to be taking two projects to the Natural History Museum as part of Universities Week.

“We hope to engage and inspire a whole new audience with our performances and to get the young people of London thinking about what higher education is all about.”

Universities Week is an annual event, co-ordinated by Universities UK, as a way of showcasing the varied work that goes on throughout the UK’s universities.

The University of Worcester’s ‘It’s Up to You’ play won a prestigious Higher Education award earlier this year. The Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA) award for Innovation and Best Practice recognised exceptional outreach work taking place among its 140 member institutions throughout the UK.