Y TOURING 21

Solom, Student, Acland Burghley School



Solom, a student from Acland Burghley School, talks about his experience of participating in a Y Touring project, Ceremony. He talks about why he felt it was important to explore the issues raised as part of the project.
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Dawn Perllman, Actress



In this interview Dawn Perllman talks about acting in the Y Touring production Nobody Lives Forever. She reflects on what she learned as actress from the challenges of performing in a school environment.
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Tuguy, Student, Acland Burghley School



Tuguy, a student from Acland Burghley School, talks about his experience of participating in a Y Touring project, Ceremony. He talks about why he got involved in the project and what he got out of it.
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Bridging Gaps: by Susan Elkin

This week, The Stage’s Education Editor and former secondary school teacher, Susan Elkin, who has followed Y Touring’s work from the very early days, shares a very personal story to illustrate the resonance that the company’s work has for her. She also discusses the issue of ‘issue’ based theatre, how Y Touring’s work goes beyond that and the company’s place in British Theatre as a vibrant part of the trend to produce theatre for young audiences.


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Dr Martyn Thomas CBE FREng, Director and Principal Consultant, Martyn Thomas Associates



In this interview Dr Martyn Thomas talks about his involvement as part of the advisory group with Y Touring productions The Projectionist and Breathing Country. He reflects on how he found the process of working with other experts and young people in the development of the productions.

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Download an audio version of The Projectionist here
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Vinay Sharma, Science Faculty Leader, Westgate School



Westgate School’s Science Faculty Leader, Vinay Sharma, talks about the Y Touring productions he has seen and why he continues to invite Y Touring back to his school. He reflects on what he feels students get out of experiencing Y Touring productions.
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Tania, Student, Queen's College



Tania, a student from Queen’s College, talks about her experience of watching the Y Touring productions, Breathing Country and Starfish. She talks about her memories of the productions and their interactive nature.

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Debra Cougill, Deputy Head of Learning and Participation, Royal Albert Hall



In this interview Debra Cougill talks about her involvement with Y Touring originally as a Company Manager and now as a partner working for the Royal Albert Hall, Learning and Participation Department. She reflects on the importance of Y Touring’s work.
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Miranda, Student, Queen's College



Miranda, a student from Queen’s College, talks about her experience of watching the Y Touring productions, Breathing Country and Starfish. She talks about her memories of the productions and what she learned from them.

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Jonathan Hall, Playwright



In this interview Jonathan Hall talks about the various plays he has written for Y Touring including the, Fringe First award winning Sweet As You Are.
He reflects on the importance of trying to come up with good stories that engage young people with complex issues.
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Simon Roberts, Actor



In this interview Simon Roberts talks about acting in Y Touring productions, Breathing Country and Learning to Love the Grey. He reflects on what he learned as an actor through working for the company and what he feels audiences gained from the productions.

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Y Touring: a dramatic antidote to apathy: by Dr. Sophie Petit-Zeman

This week Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman, Head of External Relations at the Association of Medical Research Charities picks up the conversation with A Dramatic Antidote to Apathy, her reflection on a 15 year relationship with the company as a scientific adviser. She discusses how Y Touring have resisted producing propaganda pieces and negotiated such tricky territory as the use of animals in medical research.
Dr. Simon Parry

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Lester Firkins



In this interview Lester Firkins talks about his involvement in the Y Touring production Starfish as a member of the advisory board for the project. He discusses the importance of the project on both a professional and personal level.

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Marborak, Student, Sutton Grammar School



Marborak, a student from Sutton Grammar School, talks about his experience of watching the Y Touring production, Starfish. He discusses what he learned as a result of watching it and how this differs from traditional classroom learning.

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Adam Deacon, Actor



In this interview Adam Deacon talks about acting in various Y Touring productions. He also discusses the importance of theatre to engage with young people in a meaningful way.
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