Monday, 10 May 2010

Student drama hits the right note

Students from Leeds University are to be acting up on the roads and dramatising road safety issues this week.

Second year drama students from Leeds University’s School of Performance and Cultural Industries in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Leeds City Council, have devised small plays that include road safety information in a way that appeals to a target audience of 14 and 15-year-olds.

Members of the Leeds City Council road safety promotion unit have helped the students focus on issues such as drink and drugs, peer pressure and driver inexperience, and how these can affect young car occupants with devastating results.

The issue of road safety covers the full range of emotions, which stretches the young actors abilities and offers the chance to make a lasting impact on the audience. The performances are followed by workshops that provide the audience with opportunities to explore the issues raised.

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Media are invited to attend the performances at Cockburn High School (Parkside, Gipsy Lane Leeds,LS11 5TT) on Wednesday 12 May between 9am and 11am. Opportunities for photographs and film will be available as well as the chance to speak to the actors and the students. Please contact the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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Councillor Stuart Andrew, lead member responsible for road safety, said:
“We are very impressed with the way the students have taken the information they have been provided with and made hard hitting performances that really reach a most vulnerable section of road users. We really appreciate their effort and the help they provide to enable us to speak to young people in such a way that the message really sticks”

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450