10 Nov 2013

Addressing Teenage Pregnancy in Schools

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Overview:
‘Expecting More’
is a hard-hitting theatre-in-education performance that raises awareness about teen pregnancy using the stories of real teenage parents from the Northwest.

This performance comes from the growing repertoire of 2engage Performing Arts verbatim theatre that use true stories to educate young people on prevalent issues in society. This show fits into the PSHE and PCHSE curriculum.

This performance highlights issues and dispels myths associated with teenage pregnancy, giving an insight into the lives of real teenage parents and how the experience has affected them. The stories told pull no punches and we make sure that every school has the necessary pastoral care available to all pupils.

The performance offers young audiences factual information about finance, housing, abortion, adoption and includes necessary signposts to the support services available.

Synopsis:
This verbatim performance comes from the growing repertoire of 2engage Performing Arts verbatim that take real stories in order to educate young people on prevalent issues in society. This show fit into the PSHE and PCHSE curriculum.

The stories told in this show pull no punches and we make sure that every school has the necessary pastoral care available to all pupils. This performance highlights issues facing teenage parents today and dispels myths associated with becoming a teenage parent; giving insights into the lives of real teenage parents and how the experience has affected them.

The performance offers young audiences factual information about finance, housing, abortion, adoption and includes necessary signposts to support services available.

Key objectives of ‘Expecting More

  • Dispel myths amongst young people surrounding finance, housing, support and coping as a teenage parent.
  • Highlight the plight of relationship break down from multiple perspectives.
  • Engage the audience in a post-show forum for discussion and hot-seating session, allowing the young people to ask the characters questions.
  • Make it clear that 97% of teenage pregnancies are a direct result of risk taking behaviour.
  • Signpost the necessary support available to young people on the subject.

Follow up Workshop & Forum Theatre

The Expecting More performance raises many points for discussion. With this in mind, 2engage have created an interactive forum theatre based discussion and workshop as a follow up to the performance.

This is an opportunity to promote further engagement with the material covered in ‘Expecting More’. The audience are thrown into a ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ set up where members of the audience are able to question the characters from the show.

This opens up the possibility for new twists in the lives of the characters and encourages participants to think about the ideal situation.  A ‘What Next’ section of the workshop can then be improvised by the actors and the audience members are encouraged to play new characters in their newly created storylines.

This workshop has proven to be a very powerful means of exploration into these issues, and feedback suggests it is a really enjoyable and engaging experience for the pupils who watch the show.

We can usually fit this onto the end of the show, or it is available as a standalone workshop session which has proven very successful.

Reviews

“I think the drama is fantastic – it really engages the students – all the school teaching staff who watched the performance said afterwards how good it was and asked if we can have it again for all our students.”

Kate Watt – Inclusion Manager at the Academy.

“Tackling difficult issues through drama engages with young people in a much clearer way. We hope to be able to tour the drama to a number of secondary schools over the coming year.”

Mark Stocks – Executive Member for Children’s Services Councillor.

“Portraying important issues such as teenage pregnancy through this performance is a great way to really connect with young people, in a way that discussion does not always achieve.”

Ben Powell – Local member, Councillor.

“It went down a storm by all accounts! Thanks.”

Sam Howarth – Bishop Heber High School.

“The teenage pregnancy piece was performed in the West Cheshire College Rotunda Ellesmere Port during a busy morning. The environment was a fantastic forum both for the people sitting in the café area and the people who observed the performance from around the rotunda of which there were many. The actors were extremely professional and adapted to the environment extremely well. Feedback from a variety of tutor groups indicated that the themes addressed provided an excellent platform for discussion following the play. We are looking forward to working with 2engage again at the Chester Campus.”

Steph Garrett – Assistant Manager Health, Social Care, Public Services West Chesire College.

Price
This show and workshop is usually delivered to whole year groups in year 9 or 10 or the Pupil Premium Cohort.

In most cases the performance alone works out at less than less than £4 per head.

The performance and workshop works out at less than £6.

A standalone workshop depending on length, group sizes and number of workshops booked is usually around £250.

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