University Campus Barnsley’s Electric Theatre Company provided a day of drama for Penistone Grammar School pupils.

The pupils were entertained by two UCB BA (Hons) Acting for Touring Theatre students who performed an extract from Dumbwaiter by Harold Pinter, directed by a third student. Throughout the day the pupils also received acting workshops from Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Touring Theatre Co., Cast Theatre, Leeds Loves Devising and Drama Skills Matter. The day ended with a question and answer session with the pupils, discussing how drama can benefit them and why it is a valuable skill to have.

Zeena Rasheed, Drama teacher at Penistone Grammar School, said: “I think the Year 9 and 11 pupils and staff who watched really enjoyed the experience. The pupils absolutely valued the stories of real lives, work and study that hopefully made them think differently and more accurately about studying Drama GCSE as a valid and valuable, enjoyable and demanding option.”

Peter Lawton, HE Pathway Leader at UCB, added: “Many schools are dropping drama as an option, so it was great to be at a school that views it in a very positive way and recognises the huge amount of transferable skills that can be acquired by studying and taking part in drama.”