A new Healthy Relationships & Sex Education drama project funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, commissioned by Derbyshire Education Improvement Services. 


The drama workshops were researched and co-created with young people exploring boundaries within relationships, consent and the influence of abuse accessible through on-line pornography.  In this context where do young people learn how to keep themselves safe from exploitation and victims of crime?  Using verbatim material this dramatic work created an exciting workshop that was delivered to over 300 young people in schools throughout Derby City and the county.  University of Derby theatre students delivered and captured responses from young people which will contribute to widely scholarly research in the Drama in Education field. 

(Photographs by Chris Webb)

Young people commented: 

"It makes me feel like I do have a choice and I can say 'no'"

"It has empowered me to think  more about how I feel and what I'm comfortable to do"

"makes you be in their shoes and show how they are feeling inside"

"How we need to discuss this subject more"

Comments from teachers: 

"pupils became fully immersed in the drama" 

"really effective way to deliver education about sex and relationships"


Teaching resources and training will be piloted and disseminated during 2020.






 Winner of the NHS Promoting Healthy Lifestyles:

Diversity and Patients' Choice Award Winner:

“Quality of the drama work was dynamic!”

National Award for Good Practice

Amber Valley Health Authority & Ava Hunt won Pamela Sheridan Award for SRE Project in Primary Schools


Young Carers Project

Ava Hunt worked with Ian Pringle (Face Up Theatre) and Jim Pope (Playing On Theatre) to create a theatre provocation and  interactive drama workshop for young people in Derby City and Derby County schools exploring the themes of young carers and the challenges they face both with peers, school and in the home. 


What young people said:

  • The session was really helpful because it helped me understand more about how to care and it was fun

  • I think today’s session was very useful because I know what it is like to be a young carer and this session has helped me more.


International Work


Ava has worked in Sri Lanka, Romania, Czech Republic, Palestine and the former USSR delivering a range of performances and workshops as an individual researcher and artist.  


During 2016-17 Ava delivered performances and workshops in USA, New Zealand, Sweden.  Worked with artists and academics in Australia and India where she worked with Dr Geoff Redman delivering in-role work in Schools and as part of Teacher Training using drama.

Drama Workshops


Ava Hunt has created and delivered award winning drama workshops on bullying, self esteem, body image, tansition, eating disorders, safe drinking and environmental issues.  For a wide range of users: 

nursery, primary, secondary, sixth form, Higher Education, young offenders, prisoners, community groups, mental health groups, professionanls and businesses.




Directing: Youth Theatre & Student Productions


Ava has directed Youth Theatre for companies such as: Shared Exerience, Watford Palace, Derby Theatre, Tangere Arts, Nottingham Television Workshops productions include: Sarah Daniel's "Gut Girls", Bob Hescotts "Guiding Light" 


For Unversity of Derby at Derby Theatre Evan Placey's "Girls LIke That" and currently Dennis Kelly's "DNA" 2016


"The ensemble handle Kelly’s naturalistic dialogue with aplomb, and the entire show is stylishly presented." Bum on a Seat.

"Peacemaker" by David Holman - two productions toured to a thousand young people in primary schools throughout Derbyshire in February 2018 and to family audiences at Derby Theatre 2018.

Artistic Director/Associate Director/Programmer


CAST, Doncaster, as Associate Director (2014) Ava was responsible for running community cast for main stage production of Kes, workshops and artist network training and support.  As well as new writing, rehearsed play readings, conferences and artist development.


HULL TRUCK as Artistic Programmer (2010) Ava was responsible for running Black History Week, programming main stage and studio theatre with theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and children's theatre festival.  She was responsible for community outreach and engaging with artistic development of local and regional artists to increase diversity and access.


TANGERE ARTS- Ava was a founder member of Tangere Arts with David Johnston (2003).  As Co-Artistic Director she was responsible for artistic planning, fundraising, directing and delivery of community projects and workshops for young offenders, young people and work for the under fives.


YORKSHIRE WOMEN THEATRE set up by Kay Mellor in 1980's this feminist theatre company was a dedicated theatre in health company, as Co-Artistic Director (1992-97) Ava was responsible for directing productions, creative learning, management and producing projects 

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