30 Dec 2010

‘Expecting More’ – Tackling Teenage Pregnancy


Case Study: ‘Expecting More’ a verbatim theatre in education performance raising awareness about teenage pregnancy.

Overview: Create an engaging piece of Verbatim theatre to be delivered to Health care professionals at a teenage pregnancy conference

Keys Aims

  • Working alongside teenage Mums from Ellesmere port to craft a performance
  • Use interviews and real life accounts to create a script that is real and hard-hitting to highlight the key issues.
  • Dispel myths amongst young people about finance, housing, support and coping.
  • Deliver a series of interactive workshops to discuss the positive and negative issues associated with being a young mum

The Verbatim performance highlighted issues facing young mums and dispelled myths associated with becoming a teenage parent. The performance gives an insight into both the teenage mums and dads world and the effects on their lives. An initial showcase was previewed at the northwest teenage pregnancy conference in November 2010; the response was very positive and many health professionals, councillors and school leaders believe that this is an effective way to convey the message about teenage pregnancy.

Measures will now be taken to secure finance for a tour to schools across Cheshire in 2011/12.

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):

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