Barnsley College students from the Music, Media and Performance department have been working in partnership with theatre company QDOS Creates and the NHS to raise awareness of their Stop Smoking campaign.
  
Level 2 Media students were given a live brief from the Barnsley NHS Stop Smoking Service to produce a poster design highlighting the dangers of smoking and the effects it can have on others through passive smoking.

Amanda Longdon, NHS Stop Smoking Specialist, developed the idea as a pilot project after talking to young people in care and college students. She said: “We really wanted to find out what young people’s views were on smoking and look at how we could develop these into an effective campaign.”

Performing Arts students then used the messages from these posters to create a short 10 minute physical theatre performance piece in conjunction with Barnsley-based theatre arts charity QDOS Creates.

Amanda Nam, Creative Media tutor at Barnsley College, said: “The media students worked exceptionally hard at producing a suite of posters to warn young people in Barnsley of the dangers of smoking. To see these then transformed into a theatrical performance was really very powerful.”

Project Manager and Workshop Facilitator at QDOS Creates, Louise Edwards, spoke highly of the students she’d worked with. She added: “What these students have produced in such a short amount of time is truly inspiring. Their performance standard and attitude with which they approached the project is reflected in the quality of the final piece. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with them.”

The thought-provoking piece was performed alongside the display of posters to an invited audience of public officials, Councillors and public health professionals as well as other students at The Core on County Way.

There are still places available on Barnsley College courses in Music, Media and Performance, please contact the Information Unit on Tel: 01226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk for further details.

Last updated: 28th September 2015

Originally posted on: 28th September 2015