Y TOURING 21

Josephine Quintavalle, Co-founder of Comment on Reproductive Ethics



In this interview Josephine Quintavalle, the co-founder of Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE), talks about her involvement with different Y Touring projects including Learning to Love the Grey and Nobody Lives Forever.
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Jack and Chris, Students, Sutton Grammar School





Jack and Chris, two students from Sutton Grammar School, talk about their experience of watching the Y Touring production, Starfish. They discuss what they learned as a result of watching it and how this differs from traditional classroom learning.

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Judith Johnson, Playwright



Judith Johnson talks about the large body of plays she has written for Y Touring. She reminisces about her favourite productions and what interests her about writing plays about science.

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Andrew Hobday, Actor



In this interview Andrew Hobday talks about acting in the Y Touring productions Starfish and Cracked. He also discusses the importance of making live theatre accessible to young people in schools.

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Betty McBride, Director of Policy and Communications, British Heart Foundation



In this interview Betty McBride, Director of Policy and Communications from the British Heart Foundation, talks about her involvement with Y Touring with particular reference to the production Every Breath, which explored the use of animals in medical research.

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Bringing science to life: Y Touring, drama and the Wellcome Trust

The medical research charity, The Wellcome Trust, has been a major funder of Y Touring's work. In the second essay of our series, the director of the charity Sir Mark Walport along with the science writer and communicator Ian Jones discuss why an organisation committed to scientific research should invest in drama. The authors explain how innovating in public engagement through such means as drama has become a crucial dimension of the charity’s activities and is seen as of increasing importance to how science
                                                    and scientists interact with society.
                                                    Dr Simon Parry

Bring science to life: Y Touring, drama and the Wellcome Trust
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Gordon Ironside, Head Teacher, Sutton Grammar School



Sutton Grammar School’s Head Teacher, Gordon Ironside, talks about the Y Touring productions he has seen and why he continues to invite Y Touring back to his school.
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Ben, Student, Treloar College



Ben, a student from Treloar College in Hampshire talks about his experience of watching a Y Touring production and how the issues raised in the play and debate impacted on him and society in general.
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Dame Joan Bakewell, Patron



Dame Joan Bakewell tells the story of how she came to be Y Touring’s patron. She reflects on the importance of the company and why she values the work both artistically and educationally.
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Lauren, Student, Treloar College



Lauren, a student from Treloar College in Hampshire talks about her experience of watching a Y Touring production and the impact it had on her educationally and personally.

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Ben Musgrave, Playwright



Ben Musgrave talks about the two plays he has written for Y Touring, Breathing Country and Global Warming. He discusses the challenges as a playwright of turning scientific and ethical issues into compelling and coherent works of drama.

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Jessica Radcliffe, Actress



In this interview Jessica Radcliffe talks about acting in several plays for Y Touring including Sweet As You Are, which won a fringe first. She also talks about her more recent work as an assistant director and workshop facilitator.
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Dr. Sophie Petit-Zeman, Head of External Relations, Association of Medical Research Charities



Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman is the Head of External Relations for the Association of Medical Research Charities. She has worked in collaboration Y Touring for a number of years on different projects. In this interview she reflects on the past 21 years of Y Touring and why she got involved in the first place.

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21 Years of Y Touring

Dame Joan Bakewell - journalist, broadcaster and patron of Y Touring - starts off the conversation with an essay examining the key practical ingredients that have supported the longevity of the company. She traces its roots back to pioneering theatre in education work at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and surveys its development from early work engaging with the impact of HIV on young people’s lives to more recent forays into complex biomedical issues.

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