Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership has funded the delivery of Last Orders in post primary schools across the council area.
This hard-hitting drama and programme of facilitated workshops targets year 10 pupils and explores the themes of alcohol, anti-social behaviour and the consequences and impact of risk-taking behaviours.
The educational and preventative programme aims to help pupils explore consequences and legalities as well as looking at the physical, mental and emotional impacts of such behaviours.
Commenting on the project, PCSP Chair Councillor James McCorkell said: “The response from schools across the council area has been an overwhelming willingness to engage in this initiative which allows students to explore important issues in an innovative way within the school setting.”
Developed by a team of doctors, NSPCC professionals and teachers, “Last Orders” is a professional and specialist theatre company production telling the story of three teenagers embarking on an alcohol fuelled night out and exploring the disastrous consequences.
Based on true events, the play is written in a hard hitting yet humorous style. Following the performance, an interactive workshop involving cast-in character improvisation allows students to explore the themes of anti-social behaviour, illegal purchase, cyber safety and attitudes to risk.
Councillor McCorkell continued: “Anti-Social behaviour and alcohol mis-use are key priorities for PCSP and projects such as this are vital to engage young people in these issues and enable them to consider consequence and risk.”
Performances will take place over a two week period commencing today in North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine.