Pupils at the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School had a powerful lesson this Thursday, when they witnessed the reality of alcohol misuse dramatically played-out on-stage. James Brokenshire joined around 200 in Year 7 students to watch performance of 'Smashed', a theatre education programme which teaches young people about responsible drinking.
The cast of 'Smashed' delivered a hard-hitting show to pupils, telling the story of a group of friends whose misuse of alcohol ends in tragedy. The performance was followed by an interactive workshop, where young people were able to question the decisions of characters, explore their motivations and the consequences of their actions, and actually change the outcome of the story.
Commenting, James said:
"Under-age drinking and problems linked to binge boozing remain a significant issue. An important part of the solution lies in better education to a more responsible attitude to alcohol. Programmes like 'Smashed' which engage young people through drama provide an interesting way to make some of these important issues more relevant. It was good to see how the students got involved and picked up on the responsible drinking messages including the risk you can put yourself and others in by having several drinks too many."
Gary Janks, PSHE Coordinator from the Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School said:
"'Smashed' portrays a very important message around responsible drinking – an issue that we take very seriously and focus on regularly in our PSHE teaching. We have had a really positive response from our pupils today - everyone who watched the show was totally engrossed by the power of the performance and was able to identify with the characters and situations through the interactive workshop. Having the cast of 'Smashed' come into our school and help to inform and educate our young people around this important issue is an opportunity that we really value and feel lucky to have experienced."