School drama to prevent anti-social behaviour

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.
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A POWERFUL drama designed to prevent anti-social behaviour is being performed in schools again thanks to funding from Derbyshire County Council.

Pushed? will be staged at eight schools in the county between January 23 and March 16. The play encourages 12 and 13 year-olds to consider how their actions are perceived by others and explores themes including peer pressure, under-age drinking and youth crime.

Councillor Carol Hart, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Pushed? helps youngsters to understand the impact that certain types of behaviour can have on the people around them.

“Since it was launched the drama has inspired young people across Derbyshire to help their local communities. Replanting a community garden, litter-picking and staging an anti-bullying play are just some of the activities that pupils have become involved in after watching the drama.”

Pushed? was developed by Brief Candle theatre company for Derbyshire County Council. It follows school boy Josh who falls in with a group of older teenagers and is asked to prove himself by causing trouble at the shop where his friend Shannon works.

After they have seen the play, pupils take part in two workshops led by the actors where they consider the actions of each character and how they make the people around them feel.

The schools where Pushed? is going to be performed are Aldercar Community Language College, Alfreton Grange Arts College, Glossopdale Community College, Granville Sports College in Swadlincote, Heritage High School in Clowne, Ormiston Enterprise Academy in Ilkeston, Parkside Community School in Chesterfield and the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy.