14th April 2004




An award-winning play about a group of youngsters with learning difficulties who succeed against all odds will be staged by university students later this month.


Actors studying on the University of Lincoln’s Drama course will stage Richard Cameron’s ‘Strugglers’ at the newly refurbished Lincoln Drill Hall on Tuesday 27th April 27th at 7:30pm.


When a youngster with learning difficulties, in her last term at a special school, has an epileptic fit in her mother’s kitchen and burns herself, her school friends come up with a way to help.


But helping means raising money. How the friends manage to reach their target through their ingenious fundraising events, and how they are forced to come to terms with the harsh world outside their school, is a funny and moving story of a class of eight ‘strugglers’ who win and lose and win again through friendship, love and determination.


A witty, energetic and remarkable piece of theatre, ‘Strugglers’ won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award in 1988 at the National Student Drama Festival.


“This is the kind of play which admirably showcases the talents of students who are studying Drama at the University of Lincoln,” said Professor Michael Earley, Head of  the university’s Drama course, who published Richard Cameron’s plays at Methuen.


“It demands a kind of group empathy and an approach to ensemble work that marks our approach to performance.”


Tickets for ‘Strugglers’ (£5/£3 concessions) can be booked or purchased from the Drill Hall box office on Lincoln 873894. Special rates can be arranged for student groups of ten or more.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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