A DROYLSDEN high school is to be Smashed as an award-winning alcohol awareness theatre production pays a visit.
Smashed will be performed at Fairfield on Tuesday, November 14 as part of its biggest tour of the UK to date, having already visited a total of 10 schools and 3,000 pupils across Greater Manchester.
The production helps secondary school children understand the facts, causes and consequences of underage drinking by combining theatre with interactive workshops.
Developed and presented by Collingwood Learning and supported by Diageo, ‘Smashed’ combines drama with interactive workshops to help secondary school students understand the facts, causes and consequences of underage drinking and drive down alcohol consumption among young people.
Each 25-minute performance is followed by a 35-minute workshop, during which participants have the opportunity to reflect on the themes and answer questions about the choices made by the characters in the performance.
Smashed works in close collaboration with Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP), a community-interest company that brings together councils, retailers, police, schools, health providers and community groups across the UK to reduce alcohol harm among young people.
In the past six years, CAP has seen a 62 per cent reduction in regular drinking among 13–16-year-olds and the programme, developed in consultation with young people, has a proven impact on driving attitude and behaviour change.
The latest UK evaluation report found 96 per cent of students stated they had ‘some’ or ‘lots’ of knowledge about the risks of drinking alcohol underage, while 83 per cent say they feel equipped to make the right choices about drinking alcohol.
78 per cent say if they or someone they knew were having problems with alcohol, they would know where to get help and 74 per cent stated they were less likely to drink alcohol underage following the Smashed performance.
Last year, Smashed reached more than 1.9 million students globally live and online as data from the UK Government shows hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions among under 18s in Manchester is above England’s national average (36.3 per 100,000 versus 29.3 per 100,000).
Chris Simes, Chair of Collingwood Learning, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this global programme back to schools in Greater Manchester this year.
“As statistics show, underage drinking presents a real threat to the health and well-being of young people.
“Our goal is to enhance the current alcohol education curriculum in schools with our memorable performance and workshop experience that helps young people explore the risks of underage drinking and build their confidence to say ‘no’ in the face of teenage peer pressure.”
Diageo supports initiatives like Smashed as part of its ambition to educate 10 million young people, teachers and parents globally by 2030.
And their managing director Nuno Teles added: “This year we are embarking on our biggest Smashed tour to date and look forward to Collingwood Learning reaching even more communities across Greater Manchester.
“Smashed has an impressive and proven track record of delivering an informative and engaging performance that equips young people with the knowledge to make smart decisions and understand the dangers of underage drinking.
“Underage drinking causes many risks to young people and Smashed plays a crucial role in our ambition to tackle harmful drinking and deliver against our commitment to educate 10 million young people, parents and teachers on the dangers of underage drinking by 2030.”
In addition to the live interactive workshop, ‘Smashed’ provides support for schools in delivering vital Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE).
Schools not reached by the live tour also have the opportunity to take part in Smashed Online. To find out more, please visit: https://online.smashedproject.org/gb/