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Postcode rivalry explored by young actors at St Paul's

Young actors from a west London theatre group have performed at St Paul's as part of the Cathedral's How to Change the World autumn series of debates and services.

Working on the theme of Freedom, which is set to be debated in the Cathedral tonight, the actors from Intermission Youth Theatre, performed a segment of their own adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, where the Montagu / Capulet disputes are replaced by postcode rivalries between Hackney and Peckham.

The service explored the theme of freedom in the context of London, where young people from poorer parts of the city are four times less likely to get good GCSE results and six times less likely to go to university than their peers in more affluent areas, and are more likely to get drawn into a downward spiral of offending.

Intermission Youth Theatre is based at St Saviour's Chelsea, just a stone's throw from Harrod's, providing an ongoing safe space for young people from parts of London such as Hackney and Peckham to develop their acting skills and human potential.

Their latest production HMP Macbeth, set in a female prison, opens on 31 October.

For more information, visit www.iyt.org.uk