Archive for October, 2013

Key Stage 3 Road Safety Shows Hit the Road

Richard, Becky, and Cameron previewed two fantastic shows last week, before they embarked on a tour across the UK. They are performing ‘What If’, our Home to School Journey performance and workshop for Year 7 students, which explores the dangers on the road as young people start to travel more independently, along with ‘Critical Moments’ our re-vamped KS3 Road Safety show, which explores the Fatal Four, distraction, drink / drugs, seatbelts, and speeding.

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‘Discover University’ Goes Live

Our new ‘Discover University’ events with the University of Leeds have kicked off this Autumn. It is a really fantastic project that focuses on encouraging young people from deprived areas of Leeds to consider university, and particularly, a career in healthcare. We have worked with the University since last March to develop these five events, where 60 identified students from schools across Leeds come to the University for a fun, motivational, and skills based day.

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Chain Reaction Launched in Croydon

Our latest Road Safety show was launched in Croydon this week, in partnership with Croydon Council. It’s been a busy week and the team have worked really hard. The show is based upon the concept of a courtroom drama where the Year 11 students get to be the jurors. They assess the details of the crash, and decide on the guilt or innocence of the characters in the performance, and then sentence them based upon CPS guidelines. The aim is to allow students to see a crash which involves three young people who simply don’t think for a few seconds due to their own distractions and pressures. They don’t set out to take terrible risks and aren’t ‘criminals’ in their own eyes, but the crash still results in a death. Should they be convicted of Death by Dangerous Driving?

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Safeguarding Awareness with Bradford Council

Just finished another great couple of sessions at City Hall in Bradford. We have been working with elected members, Council staff, and multi-agency professionals from across Bradford. This year we delivered theatre case studies around child safeguarding, domestic violence, and adult safeguarding, all linking into a case study around Child Sexual Exploitation.

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‘Smashed’ 10 Year Anniversary

This year we are celebrating the 10th Year of ‘Smashed’ Alcohol Misuse theatre in education tour. In that time, we have reached 1,165 schools and reached 210,320 Year 7 / 8 students, with more to come this academic year!

This is all thanks to Diageo GB, our sponsors, who have worked with us throughout, enabling us to offer ‘Smashed’ to schools for free, across the UK. The package schools receive is a live theatre performance, interactive workshop, teaching materials, and evaluation. It educates students on the facts about alcohol, explores causes and consequences of alcohol misuse, helps students tackle peer pressure and make informed choices.

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