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Teenagers Present Money Management Play to Peers     

Teenagers Present Money Management Play to Peers A play about teenagers and money management, written and performed by young people, will be at Sherman, Cardiff and schools and community centres reaching over 600 young people around South Wales this April.

Members of Sherman Cymru’s Acting Out Cardiff have written Credit/Crunch with award-winning playwright Gary Owen about their experiences of money management. The teenagers, aged 14-16, will perform the show at Sherman on 23 – 24 April before touring to schools and community centres around Cardiff and hold workshops discussing issues of money with their peers.

Credit/Crunch is made up of two short plays, which use Forum Theatre – a technique in which the audience can intervene in the action and change the ending of the story. Acting Out student Rhys Molloy, 15, from Llanrumney comments:

“When we do it for the audience, they get the chance to get on stage with us and act out their solutions to the situations in the play. I’m pretty scared about having to improvise on stage with members of the public, not knowing what they are going to do! But that also makes it exciting.”

Lucy Higgins, 19, from Ely, a graduate of Acting Out Cardiff, and now a mentor assisting with the current group of students comments:

“We don’t get taught about money in school and it will give young people a better understanding for when they go out to work or college.”

Acting Out Cardiff is the award winning Performing Arts Project run by Sherman in collaboration with Cardiff Schools Services in which young people aged 14 – 16 train for two years in all areas of theatre to gain a BTEC in Performing Arts. The pass rate for the project is 100%. The scheme also gives the opportunity for graduates to return to work as mentors.

Rhys Molloy adds:

“Before joining Acting Out I never thought of myself doing drama, but it’s a brilliant course and I’ve found that I am actually good at something! Credit/ Crunch has been my favourite project so far, because it’s in touch with my age group and it’s also about issues which affect adults too.”

The project is being supported by Barclays and Arts & Business Cymru CultureStep Investment. 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.”

Credit/Crunch is on at Sherman on 23 – 24 April 7pm before touring schools and community centres in South Wales. Tickets for performances at Sherman at £2 and can be booked by calling Sherman’s Box Office on 029 2064 6900.

For more information on Sherman Cymru’s Acting Out Initiative contact Jess Naish, Head of Learning and Engagement on
web site

Monday, April 6, 2009back



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