I attended a very moving event last night using drama to help reduce youth violence. The Safer Streets Drama Project is aimed at getting young people to think about their behaviour, their aspirations and the choices they face against the temptation of taking the wrong path. Through the drama 'Sam's Story' produced and performed by Ten Ten Theatre the project hopes to challenge disaffection and aggression. The play itself is powerful and carefully crafted to make it both contemporary and relevant to its target audience in schools and young offender institutions. The aim of the programme is to raise self-esteem and aspiration, give young people the tools to manage their lives effectively and reduce knife crime and antisocial behaviour.
The launch of the project in Westminster was made even more poignant by the contributions of Barry and Margaret Mizen. Their message of hope and forgiveness against the backdrop of the terrible sadness of the loss of their son Jimmy provided even greater context as to why this matters so much. Ten Ten Theatre will be taking 'Sam's Story' into Feltham Young Offender Institute next week. It will be interesting to see how this very worthy project develops.
For more details visit: www.tententheatre.co.uk