University of Chichester drama students reach out

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PERFORMING arts students from the University of Chichester have been using theatrical skills to reach out to the community.

Eight groups of third-year undergraduates are leading drama workshops on themes like the Olympics and bullying to schools, care homes and special needs clients.

One team of students Lula Prentice, Mark Luckhurst and Liam Wheatley are working with Year 9 students at Chichester High School for Boys on an anti-bullying performance for primary schoolchildren.

Liam said: ‘We want to make a performance that reflects bullying. With new technology we are seeing new bullying techniques like cyber-bullying.’

Another group has developed a project raising awareness of the 2012 Games, and aim to help students create their own ‘mini Olympics’ show for their peers, parents and teachers.