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DRAMA HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE IN HAMPSHIRE & DORSET MAKE FUTURE CHOICES

DRAMA HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE IN HAMPSHIRE & DORSET MAKE FUTURE CHOICES

Young people across Hampshire & Dorset are being encouraged to consider their future careers and develop their own style of learning with the help of an imaginative drama production.

Theatre Encourages Higher Education

Choices is a 55 minute play being presented at 20 Key stage 4 year groups across the counties by Salisbury-based Solomon Theatre Company.  Aimed at year 10 and 11 students, the play explores subject choices, learning styles and career aspirations with the aim of keeping young people engaged with their education up to the age of 18 and beyond.

Concerns have been raised that many young people are struggling to understand career pathways and gain relevant experience.   As a result they are becoming disengaged and making decisions that could affect their future prospects.

Studies show that although careers advice is available from at least 49 different providers, many young people don’t know how to access or understand it.

“It’s essential that we are equipping young people to make informed decisions about their future progression. ‘Choices’ is an excellent mechanism to get students thinking about their next steps in a fun and engaging way.”  Amey Dawe, SUN Project Leader

Choices is the humorous and heart-warming story of three friends who all face barriers to achieving their goals. As they grow in confidence and find their own way through a maze of subject choices and career options the characters give a powerful message about the importance of self-belief and developing their own style of learning.

Choices has been commissioned by the Southern Universities Network.  A cast of three professional actors will tour schools between 13 – 24 November 2017.  The play is accompanied by a workshop where young people will be able to discuss the issues addressed with the cast and SUN staff.

Solomon Theatre is a leading educational theatre company that produces plays about issues affecting young people including drug and alcohol abuse, sexual exploitation and violence. It is a part of a wider effort to use theatre as a vehicle for education such as undertaken by Gecko and other organisations.