Theatre production aims to show young people why 'Money Matters'

News release from 4 December 2017, 2:20pm

A PLAY being performed in Cambridge this week is giving young people the opportunity to think about some of the financial challenges they may face after leaving school.

Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) worked with the theatre company AlterEgo to devise a play to raise young people’s awareness of the importance of good financial management in a fun and engaging way.

The result is Money Matters, a funny and entertaining play which will be performed for 10 and 11 students at every secondary school in the city.

After each show students will have the chance to ask questions about some of the themes raised by the play, and officers will be on hand to direct them towards local services which can help them with financial management.

There will be an additional two ‘out of school’ shows in Cambridge on Tuesday 5 December:

  • 10.30am-12 noon at The Guildhall
  • 4.30pm-6pm at Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre, Green End Road, East Chesterton

The Guildhall performance is aimed at professionals, and the Brown’s Field performance at young people who may not have the opportunity to see the show at school.

Both performances are free to attend, and people can simply turn up to watch without prior booking.

The theatrical production forms part of the council’s Anti-Poverty Strategy which is seeking to reduce inequality in Cambridge in a number of ways, including by boosting the financial literacy of young people.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I’d encourage any young people to go and see one of the performances of Money Matters.

“The play promises to be a fun and entertaining way for young people to learn more about the importance of looking after their money and planning their finances, which is an important life skill to acquire – especially in a city like Cambridge where the cost of living is high.”

To find out more about Money Matters email: caroline.gill@cambridge.gov.uk or phone on 01223 457871.