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22 April 2010 | PR 10/74

Students use drama to teach important environmental lessons

Final year drama students from Loughborough University are hoping to educate school pupils across the East Midlands of the effects of global warming through a fun and innovative play based on a popular board game.

Cluedo: Who Killed the Cow is a 45-minute production written by the students based on the mysterious death of Daisy the local prize winning cow and bringing the traditional Cluedo characters up-to-date.

Performed in a slapstick style, the play is aimed at secondary school pupils and has been written to increase awareness of key environmental issues whilst complementing their studies in geography, science and citizenship. 

The Loughborough students spent the first half of their final year researching and developing the play and are now in the process of fine tuning it before they tour four schools across Leicestershire and Nottingham in the first two weeks of May.  

Students Phoebe Allen and Georgina Davidson, who head up the 19-person Discover Theatre Company responsible for the play, hope their light approach will strike a chord with their young audience.

“We hope to be able to educate pupils across the region about the importance of looking after our environment in a fun and humorous way,” they said. “To combine science and drama in an educational piece of theatre is quite unusual.

“The company has worked so hard to develop this play from scratch and ensure the performance is a success. We can’t wait now to get the tour underway.”

The play will be performed to pupils at Castle Rock High School (Coalville), Loughborough Grammar School, Wreake Valley Community College (Leicester) and Redhill School (Nottingham).

A special performance has also been scheduled at Loughborough University’s Leonard Dixon Drama Studio from 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 May. Entry is free of charge on a first come first served basis.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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