Hard hitting drama workshop raises teen safety awareness
Year 8 students recently watched a powerful and emotive drama performance highlighting areas of child sexual exploitation and how to stay safe in all areas of their lives, especially online.
‘Chelsea’s Choice’, a dramatic piece following the journey of the main protagonist, Chelsea, covered themes including trafficking, the grooming process, healthy relationships and safe internet use. The performance was delivered by AlterEgo Creative Solutions, one of the UK’s leading Applied Theatre Companies who tour the country working with schools, colleges and universities (amongst others) to illustrate complex social issues for their target audience. The performance was also attended by representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Child Protection Officers from East Devon and Torbay Local Authority.
AlterEgo actor, Michael Holden, was impressed with the College’s Year 8 participants: “The students were a great audience. They were extremely responsive with lots of hands going up for the question and answer sessions at the end. It is so important to visit schools such as Newton Abbot College to help highlight these important issues – in the last six years over 460,000 people have watched ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ and we continue to spread the message that child sexual exploitation can happen anywhere and to anybody.”
Year 8 student, Zak-Ray Linley-Moss valued the experience: “The message from ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ was really important and I think it will really make students think twice before they put themselves online or in a potentially unhealthy relationship situation. The performance and question and answer session has given up valuable skills to know what to do if we ever find ourselves in any kind of situation.”
Assistant Principal, Dave Evans, was thrilled with the success of the workshop: “These events that our students have access to have immense value and have an impact on their ability to look after themselves in a mature and appropriate manner. We are extremely grateful to AlterEgo for taking the time to discuss these incredibly important issues with our Year 8 student cohort.”