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Drug awareness play and workshops

Drug awareness play and workshops
BTEC Performing Arts students from Northampton College who staged The Buzzed.
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 by C. Freeman

Year 7 students saw a hard-hitting drama about the dangers of drug misuse before taking part in workshops led by police community support officers.

The event was organised by PCSO Alex Franklin and the play toured around all four Corby secondary schools. He said: ‘The drama follows the story of Charlotte who is portrayed at the ages of ten, 14, 18 and 21 years. At the age of ten you find out she starts smoking. At 14 she is using cannabis and drinking. You can see the problem escalating over the years.

'The play was brilliant and quite hard hitting. Afterwards we held workshops led by five Community Support Officers that discussed issues such as what signs did her parents miss at each stage in her life? Could more have done to help? Lots of the students came away with really positive messages because of the performance.’

The drama, The Buzzed, was staged by BTEC Performing Arts students aged between 17 and 20 from Northampton College. Sarah Croft played Charlotte at the age of 14. She said: ‘When you see how the students reacted it was amazing. They responded to the character in the play, especially as they are so close to her in age.’

College tutor Helen Coope said: ‘We have been rehearsing the play for about six weeks and we are touring it for a week around schools. It is a brilliant experience for our students, doing live performances in different spaces and venues.’

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