Theatre Bus stops at New Charter Academy
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Education and also in Communities
Theatre Bus Actors
The Theatre Bus drama group stopped by New Charter Academy recently to perform their latest production, the ‘Streetwise’ project, to year 8 pupils. Commissioned by New Charter Housing Trust, the project is aimed at young people to help them develop their self-esteem and confidence in a range of situations.
Each session involved a short introductory piece of drama that sets the scene for the students to discuss. The scene was delivered by the drama group in front of a ‘Street’ set which included an off-licence and the home of Tom, an elderly man who was subject to abuse by youngsters hanging around outside the shop.
Targeting young people, the’Streetwise’ project offers up a formidable stimulus to engage the pupils in a lively question and answers session. The drama explores anti-social behaviour, attitudes to respect and decency to others, particularly older people, the use of derogatory language and to increase their knowledge and understanding of the effects that underage drinking has on them both mentally and physically.
Tony Powell, Executive Director Neighbourhoods said: “Highlighted in the media on almost a daily basis is the fact that anti-social behaviour is affecting many people’s lives across the UK, both young and old. It is a difficult issue to solve but we at New Charter believe by using a piece of live theatre it will bring home to the audiences the impact that anti-social behaviour has on the community”.
Intended to stimulate discussions the drama was followed by a session with the actors involved staying in character. This allowed the pupils to grill them about what they did and why they did it and it threw up some very interesting comments and suggestions.
During the month of February the project has been taken to schools across Tameside including West Hill, All Saints Catholic College, Alder Community High School, St Thomas More, Fairfield High, Longendale and Copley High.
Notes for editors
New Charter Academy is a publicly funded independent school which is accountable to the Government.
New Charter Housing Trust Group, the Academy’s sponsor, has invested £2 million into the school to enhance its opportunities.
The Academy is the largest learning centre in Tameside and in September it moved into a new £40m building on the Broadoak campus in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The new building provides state-of-the-art sports, performing art and science and technology facilities.
New Charter formed in 2000 as the new landlords to own and manage homes transferred from Tameside council in Greater Manchester. With a turnover of £90 million a year and a workforce of 800, New Charter is one of the region’s largest registered providers of social housing, and is regulated by the Tenant Services Authority, a Government watchdog. By incorporating Gedling Homes and Aksa Homes the Group owns around 18,600 homes. It was named 7th in the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for in 2012.