Over 250 students from Walsall College attended the Aspirations Theatre Show, which explored the opportunities open to them through Higher Education.
The production, presented by the Aspire to HE programme, was aimed at students in Year 10–13 who are considering their options after school and college.
‘Aspirations’ told the story of four college students who find their world turned upside down when their close friend is caught up in a deportation case.
The comedy drama was created by Gazebo Theatre in Education Company, and was performed in The Venue at Wisemore Campus.
There were three showings between its two-day run in April, including a flash mob performed by the actors and the College’s Performing Arts students.
The play, written by playwright Therese Collins, utilises comedy and drama to share key points about the benefits of accessing Higher Education and explore the variety of pathways open to students.
The Aspire to HE programme is a partnership funded through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) that supports the government’s goal to increase the number of young people from specific post codes entering higher education by 2020.
Vivien Russell, Walsall College’s Progress Coach for Aspire to HE, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Gazebo Theatre in Education Company to showcase this unique, tailor-made theatre production, which aimed to highlight the benefits and opportunities around Higher Education.
The play raised a number of key points that resonated with young people considering their options. Whatever they aspire to, there are many ways to reach their destination and this may involve Higher education.”
By 2022, it’s expected that half of all jobs will require a degree or equivalent, and those who achieve higher qualification on average earn around £100,000 more in their careers.”
To find out more about our Aspire to HE programme at Walsall College, please firstname.lastname@example.org