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Barclays Staff Teach Teenagers Money Management at Sherman     

Barclays Staff Teach Teenagers Money Management at Sherman Barclays Bank staff stepped into the rehearsal rooms of Sherman theatre this week to teach teenagers how to handle money in a special drama workshop in preparation for their next production, written by Gary Owen.

Members of Sherman Cymru’s Acting Out Cardiff initiative had a workshop with Barclays staff which explored teenagers’ money managing skills as research for their forthcoming production, Credit/Crunch by Gary Owen. Barclays staff and representatives from the illegal money unit discussed issues of money management, offered practical advice on how young people can cope financially and shared real-life stories about the horrors of getting into debt. Community Affairs Manager for Barclays, Kathy Brown, comments:

“Barclays is delighted to support the Acting Out project. We want to help young people understand the financial implications of their choices and enable them to be confident and knowledgeable consumers, aware of their responsibilities and rights.”

The Acting Out Cardiff students and mentors, all aged 14 – 19, are currently working on their summer peer education production Credit/Crunch, which is being supported by Barclays and Arts & Business Cymru CultureStep Investment. The Forum theatre production explores issues, myths and realities of money in the lives of young welsh people will be written by Welsh writer, Gary Owen, with assistance from the young people taking part.

The show will tour to local schools and community centres and the company will then lead training workshops with other young people to pass on the money and theatre skills that they’ve learnt. Acting Out mentor Mike Regan, 18, from St Mellons comments:

“It’s a really good experience for us to take what we’ve learnt from the Barclays staff and then lead workshops ourselves and work with other young people to talk to them about money issues.”

Acting Out Cardiff is the award winning Performing Arts Project run by Sherman in collaboration with Cardiff Schools Services in which young people train for two years in all areas of theatre to gain a BTEC in Performing Arts. The pass rate for the project is 100%.

Credit/Crunch will be performed at Sherman in April before touring to local schools and community venues involving hundreds of young people in acting out their take on today’s money matters.
 
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