Sunderland actors pass on tips to drama students

STAGE TIPS: from left, Lisa Fraser, Stephanie Davison, Ben Fisher, Matthew Craddock and Courtney Price have set-up Educating Social Change Through Theatre.
STAGE TIPS: from left, Lisa Fraser, Stephanie Davison, Ben Fisher, Matthew Craddock and Courtney Price have set-up Educating Social Change Through Theatre.
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A GROUP of actors returned home to pass on advice to drama students at their former college.

Courtney Price, Stephanie Davison and Lisa Fraser went back to Sunderland College to talk about their successful company Educating Social Change Through Theatre, ESCTT, which promotes social change through the use of performance.

I hope we have provided current students with inspiration to commit to their studies and to help them with their future college projects.

Courtney Price

Now studying drama at the University of Sunderland. the three actors founded ESCTT in December, along with fellow students Matthew Craddock and Ben Fisher, after being approached by Durham Prison’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team to create an educational performance to engage and educate prisoners about the dangers of substance misuse and the detrimental effect it can have on people’s lives.

They are now planning on expanding the theatre company and are devising a variety of topics to engage with a wide range of audiences, including schools and colleges, on social issues.

Courtney, 20, said: “I was very excited and honoured to return to perform for the current students at the college and to see our drama lecturers who first introduced us to our passion.

“I hope we have provided current students with inspiration to commit to their studies and to help them with their future college projects.”

Gemma Whelam, drama lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “It was extremely rewarding to see my former students performing to our current students with the backdrop of our new facilities.”

Courtney, Lisa and Stephanie were excellent, conscientious students who really thrived in our community-based modules where they developed their ability to use theatre as an educational tool.”