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This is a page on which we invite participants to share their experiences of Shontal, once they have been involved in a session.

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Comment made on 15th May 2018 by Bolton's Money Skills Service

Shontal came to Bolton a few days ago and gave us a fantastic, captivating production. The play highlighted the devastating issues around Illegal Money Lending and the enormous affect it can have on a family. Thank you to Doug and his team, great communication in terms of planning the event.

Comment made on 14th May 2018 by Carole Jackson - Bolton's Money Skills Service

Thank you for the performing "It's Only A Few Quid" at our Illegal Money Lending Event last Friday. 100% of attendees who completed evaluation forms enjoyed the performance. Comments included:- Interesting Very powerful and emotional Excellent and impactful Found it quite shocking/eye opening Fab! Very informative/ captivating brilliant production Personally This is the 3rd time I have seen the production. It has been changed and updated over the years yet is it ever relevant and it never fails to impress. Thanks Team

Comment made on 20th December 2015 by Clive P Brook. Lecturer

Just a quick thank you for the Induction performance and how much we all enjoyed it, there were numerous comments, here are some of them .A great way to get over the college rules .I thought it was serious to begin with, then I realized what they were doing and loved it .It was cool .Its helped me a lot It gave a different perspective to college and variety to the Induction programme.I personally think it will help with classroom behaviour and be a useful reference.

Comment made on 11th July 2014 by Moving On project Rossendale Lancashire

We made contact with Shontal to explore the idea of the interactive theatre to run alongside a financial information market place which we were holding at one of our local schools, Fearns Community Sports College in Rossendale Lancashire for approximatley 400 students. Right from the very first contact, I was very impreseed with Shontal and the approach they had around bringing to life 'Finance and Relationships'. Shontal delivered four performances over 2 days, seeing a year group at a time which focussed on lots of interaction with the students and information sharing. The workshop which followed the performace allowed further understanding of issues within our local area. Students and teachers were talking after it in lessons which followed. We have even receieved feedback from the Young Peoples Service who commented that young people attending the service were still talking about it a week after the performance. excellent way to engage with young people and raise awareness about finance whilst making it real and relevant to their age group. Highly recommended. We are already looking at funding option to bring back Shontal in the years to come to deliver the same information to other high schools in our area. Sue Hopkinson Enhanced Services Manager The Maden Community & Children's Centre.

Comment made on 5th September 2013 by 1stCall Hyndburn

We've just finished working with Shontal and a group of young people from Accrington over the last 5 weeks as part of our Big Lottery funded programme on Improving Financial Confidence. I would like to pass on a huge thank you to Chris, Cheryl, Doug, Gary and Jess for all there hard work, never ending positivity (and patience!) from everyone concerned here at 1stCall. We have in no doubt created a unique piece of work which I hope can be of use to lots of other groups in the future - look forward to working with you all again soon! Danny Crangle - Project Manager, 1stCall Hyndburn

Comment made on 20th March 2012 by The Wrekin Housing Trust

Just wanted to pass on a huge THANK YOU to Shontal for the productions at The Wrekin Housing Trust and Ercall Wood Technology College on Mar 13th! We all thoroughly enjoyed it and I know that the students were very pleased to have the chance to see the production. It was great to see the passion and enthusiasm it evoked in our tenants and was such a refreshing way to get across the very serious messages raised. Thanks again Deb Morrison - Financial Inclusion Manager, The Wrekin Housing Trust

Comment made on 30th September 2011 by Thames Valley Financial Capability Forum

I saw a performance yesterday and was completly converted to this format for changing people's behaviour. The combination of subject knowledge and acting was amazing.

Comment made on 24th September 2009 by Simon Crosthwaite, Homes for Northumberland

I was lucky to catch two performances of Shontal's work at a Financial Champions event at The Customs House, South Shields on 18th September. The first performance was a very stark and impactive look at how a person's life can be affected by spiralling debt. This certainly gave me food for thought and brought into focus the urgent needs of those who find themselves "Financially excluded." The second performance, although lighter in mood in parts, also put out a powerful message. Both performances included elements of audience participation, which were skillfully handled by the players. Well done, keep up the excellent work.

Comment made on 3rd February 2009 by Catriona Hackney / KeyRing Living Support Networks

We have spent a wonderful day today with Shontal. Their work is incredibly engaging and the subject matter is important, topical and revelant. The performance of 'One family's story' was well delivered, and at times very funny, and we were all absolutely involved in the show and it's outcome. KeyRing cannot thank Shontal enough for sharing their skills with us and giving us a day to remember and also helping us open the doors to address the issue of debt in a more open and clear way. Thanks again, and we hope to work with you again soon.(KeyRing in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Shields, Darlington and North Yorkshire.)

Comment made on 4th August 2008 by Graham Brewis/Blyth Valley Housing

I first came across Shontal in an earlier employment and immediately liked the method of using theatre as a way of engaging hard-to-reach groups. I've followed their progress every since and seen the positive impact of their work. If anyone has yet to experience the show then you need to hurry along before all the best seats have gone. At Blyth we're hoping to work in partnership with Shontal on a new script later in the year.