Sunderland students take drugs play into jails

limelight stars: Sunderland University students, from left to right, Lisa Fraser, Matthew Craddock, Courtney Price, Stephanie Davison and Ben Fisher.
limelight stars: Sunderland University students, from left to right, Lisa Fraser, Matthew Craddock, Courtney Price, Stephanie Davison and Ben Fisher.
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A TEAM took their talent behind bars as they launched their own theatre company.

Educating Social Change Through Theatre (ESCTT) has been set up by drama students at Sunderland University with the aim of promoting social change.

I’m very proud of the mature and dedicated nature in which the students dealt with the sensitive material.

Adelle Hulsmeier

Third year undergraduates Courtney Price, Lisa Fraser, and Stephanie Davison, all 20, Ben Fisher, 21, and Matthew Craddock, 23, lead the group as part of their degree course.

Their latest project saw them undertake a performance about the effects of substance misuse into HMP Durham, with the play the result of research, work experience and support from the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team (Dart).

They will now go on to perform the scenes at other jails across the country, as well as in sixth forms and colleagues, as they aim to get across the message about the dangers of substance misuse.

Course lecturer Adelle Hulsmeier said: “I’m very proud of the mature and dedicated nature in which the students dealt with the sensitive material.

“It is great to see the students tackle such a meaningful project, in an environment that is not always easy to navigate.

“The project was very successful and the students have proven themselves as great ambassadors for the university.”

Courtney said: “This project gave me and the team a great opportunity to branch our skills and use drama for an educational experience, other than just entertainment.

“I’d like to thank the DART team in Durham Prison and our university lecturer Adelle.”

Lisa said: “It has been a huge learning experience, but its something that has helped us as a unit get our foot into the door of a bright future, with great help and support from Adelle our lecturer.”