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Homeless awareness theatre group tours Borough

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council have re-commissioned a theatre group to help highlight the problem of youth homelessness in a series of performances and workshops around the Borough.

‘Until It’s Gone’ by Lincoln-based Zest Theatre group is a hard-hitting production based on the true stories of homeless young people. It follows two years of Craig’s life as he decides to leave home before he’s ready, quickly realising real life isn’t as easy as he first thought.

Every single show Zest produce, whether it’s a professional or a youth production, is written in consultation with young people which makes their work unique, accessible and relevant

Each performance concludes with a 30-minute inter-active workshop with the student audience - covering topics ranging from conflict resolution, safe sex and substance misuse.

Steve Nash, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s Housing Services Manager who has commissioned the performances said: “We are pleased to be working with the Zest Theatre group for the fourth year running now.

"Combining engaging performances that young people can relate to with workshops helps us to promote messages about homelessness and other important social issues affecting young people in the Borough.”

Toby Ealden, Artistic Director of Zest Theatre said: “Zest is delighted to be touring schools in Oadby and Wigston again this year. ‘Until It’s Gone’ offers young audiences the chance to explore the complex issues that cause homelessness in a fun, innovative an interactive way.

"The production is supported by a comprehensive education pack, which gives young people information to local services that can support them.”

The theatre group tour began at South Leicestershire College on 15 January and visited Wigston Academies the following day. There are still two performances left - one on the 4 February at Beauchamp College and the Borough tour concludes at Gartree High School on 6 February.

To find out more about the work the Zest Theatre group do, please visit: https://zesttheatre.com

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