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Theatre Company praised for outstanding play about dangers of underage drinking

25 November 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

A group of Year 10 and 11 drama students have been praised for their outstanding performance about underage drinking which they researched, created, scripted and produced themselves.

The project, called ‘Alcohol – Know the Risks’, stemmed from an approach from Helenor Gwatkin, who is seconded to the Alcohol Licensing Department of North Yorkshire Police, with a request to create a small production highlighting the effects of alcohol in young people and covering the consequences.

The students seized the opportunity to produce a collaborative piece of work. Together they carried out in-depth research into underage drinking and the effects of alcohol on the body. Their aim was to deliver a hard-hitting message to raise awareness of the prevalence of underage drinking and the damaging effects of alcohol on young people.

The students performed their piece to an audience including representatives from North Yorkshire Police and Richmondshire District Council.

After watching the production, Helenor Gwatkin of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This evening I have been blown away by the students at Richmond School, they absolutely rose to the challenge of doing a play about alcohol and its effects. It is safe to say that everyone who attended felt it was amazing. It was short, yet impacting and packed full of information that the students had researched themselves. Super proud of them to say the least.”

Danni Manning, Lead teacher for Drama, added: “I am so proud of the commitment shown by the students involved in the project, especially during such a challenging time. The group have worked hard to tackle a serious topic with maturity and sensitivity, going as far as to research, script and tech the project themselves.”

The students’ play was so impressive that discussions are now underway about sharing the performance further afield.

The Theatre Company’s next project will be taking part in the All England Theatre Festival. The group will be performing in the first round of this national competition at the Georgian Theatre. New members from years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are welcome. The groups rehearses after school on a Wednesday in SG17.

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