In Fay’s blog from last week she mentioned the Under25Routes artists had been invited along to Waterhead Academy to have a discussion with the schools drama club and watch their performance.

Peshkar Productions has worked with Waterhead Academy over the last ten years. Over the past two years we have worked closely with Ms Eckhardt – the schools’ Head of Drama – ensuring the drama and performance provision we bring into the school is engaging, challenging, inspiring and helps across students studies to improve attainment.

This term Steph Meskell-Brocken and a selection of the Under25Routes UK artists have been delivering a number of mixed art form workshops with students – as part of their career pathway programme, through which they have devised performance pieces and also achieved their Bronze Arts Awards.

Being able to bring all of the Under25Routes artists to Waterhead Academy has been exciting for Peshkar to do.

Steph Meskell-Brocken: “Allowing our international artists to experience the work and engagement we do here in the UK is exciting for them. It allows them to see how most arts engagement happens here in the UK. It hopefully will help them compare how arts engagement happens back home and here in the UK. For our UK based artists who have been working with Waterhead Academy it has also been a proud moment to present how their workshops have influenced students right here in Oldham.”

Peshkar, we are glad to say, will continue to work with Waterhead Academy during 2017/18. Taking our relationship into it’s 11th year.

Originally formed in 1991 as a community theatre project for Oldham’s Asian community, Peshkar has evolved into the UK’s leading participatory arts organisation targeting young people who are deemed hard to reach or socially disadvantaged.

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