Barking & Dagenham College students voice their fear of tuition fee rises through play

Barking and Dagenham College pupils passionate about their right to higher education have devised and performed a play about the recent tuition fee protests.

Forty performing arts students took to the Broadway Theatre stage last Friday and Saturday with If You Recognise Any Of These Young People...If They Are Your Son Or Daughter...

The production, written with the help of teacher Kay Adshead, looks at the protests against tuition fee rises, in particular December 10 which saw police clash with angry students.

One actor Omar Neville. 17, said: “It focuses on lots of different young people and looks at how they’ll be affected by the changes. We’ve based them on real testimonies.”

Fellow performer Arooj Shakh, 16, added: “It’s really sad that the government has decided to do this – higher education should be for everyone.

“This play has been a great way for us to show how strongly we feel about the issue and I hope it has had some impact.”