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Theatre show to mark Youth Work Week raises awareness of diversity

7 November 2017

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A pioneering wordless theatre show for children which aims to raise awareness of diversity took to the stage at Wrexham Glyndwr University to mark Youth Work Week.

Happily Ever After, which tells the story of two princes who fall in love, was performed by Ellesmere Port-based Action Transport Theatre in partnership with the Proud Trust.

The show was brought to the university to celebrate the ongoing impact of the work of Youth and Community professionals.

Students from Wrexham Glyndwr University’s theatre and performance degree show also attended, taking part in a post-performance workshop discussing how the play was devised.

Jess Achilleos, Lecturer in Youth and Community Studies, said: “We wanted to do something to shine a light on youth work and celebrate the great work that continues to empower young people and their communities.

“The Proud Trust and Action Transport Theatre are two creative organisations dedicated to making positive changes and inspiring young people and the production was the perfect way for us to mark Youth Work Week.”

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Elen Mai Nefydd, Senior Lecturer in Theatre, TV and Performance, said: “Happily Ever After was an excellent example of the effectiveness of Theatre in Education as an art form.

“For the theatre, TV and performance students who are training to work in community theatre, the experience of discussing devising and educational drama ideas with actors working in the industry today is vital for their skillset and allows them an opportunity to network with a local touring company.”

Happily Ever After is based on a Dutch children’s book called King and King, by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.

The groundbreaking show has been performed to more than 50 primary schools in North West England and is now touring theatres.

Action Transport Theatre make professional and aspirational theatre with young people at the heart of their work. Based at Whitby Hall, the organisation is the only specialist new writing and dedicated young people’s theatre company in Cheshire.

The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

It achieves this through youth groups, peer support, campaigns, delivering training and events and managing an LGBT centre in Manchester.

National Youth Work Week runs from 6-12 November. More information at http://www.nya.org.uk/supporting-youth-work/youth-work-week/

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