Year 9 students saw a high-energy drama devoted to careers in the NHS. The play highlighted the range of different careers open to students and was performed as part of the citizenship curriculum.
Teacher Mrs Martin said: ‘The theatre company came two years ago and we got really positive reviews from what is now our year 12. They were really so energetic and got the students to consider careers they wouldn’t normally think about. The play doesn’t focus on the traditional medical jobs, but on porters, site managers, people who run shops, healthcare assistants; not on what is traditionally seen as core jobs of the NHS, but more on the support roles. It is very high energy. As it was such a high-octane performance crammed into 30 minutes the students weren’t allowed to sit there and get bored’’
George Coles said: ‘It was really enjoyable and entertaining and I learned a lot about different careers in the NHS.’
The play was commissioned by the NHS and written and directed by Rosie Perkin, Creative Director of Enact Solutions. Adam Fielding, Jennifer Dean and Anton Thompson were the actors who have been touring the show around schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.
Anton said: ‘It is nice when we get a variation with the crowd, when the audience listen and at the same time enjoy it.’ Adam said: ‘In normal lessons you just have someone giving the students information, this is a way of engaging with them. They don’t realise until afterwards how much information we are giving them.’