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Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans (BATH) at King James has won the National Award from the England Illegal Money Lending Team for their outstanding production of ‘Loan Sharks’.
Working in partnership with Durham Constabulary and the Illegal Money Lending Team, BATH created a dramatic six-part show, which took place in July at Auckland Castle. The show focused on the pitfalls of borrowing money from illegal lenders through the realistic stories of six different families. Designed to raise awareness, the filmed show will now be used to educate people across the UK.
Keith Philpott, Tactical Advisor with Durham Constabulary’s Organised Crime Team, who worked closely with BATH throughout the project said: “The BATH group have done a fantastic job bringing our warning messages to life in their show and I am extremely proud that they have been honoured with this award.”
Miss Howard, our Director of Learning for Dramatic Arts received the award and the £1,000 winners’ prize alongside Mr Elliott and Mr Murgatroyd at a special event at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. “This was a fantastic project to work on,” she said. “Our students thrive on the challenges that hard-hitting topics such as this offer; performances were extremely powerful and students were able to convey the diverse range of emotions experienced by victims with startling realism.”
The award recognizes the hard work and endless dedication that goes into every BATH show and the prize money will give a huge boost to the fundraising efforts for the new Brazil Project, which was founded by Mr Elliott during his working visit to the country earlier in the year. The project unites young people through drama and dance and presents an opportunity for our students to learn about Brazilian culture.
King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ