Croydon Partnership collaborating with schools and community groups to stage a series of drama productions across the borough to raise awareness and tackle issues facing young people
Terriers project returns to Croydon for the first time since 2014 with series of free performances across the borough from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November 2018
The Croydon Partnership has teamed up with prominent local community activist, Bushra Ahmed, who leads West Croydon Voice, to bring to Croydon an initiative which uses drama and role play to help young people address some of the important and life affecting issue they face growing up.
The joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson, which is set to redevelop the town’s retail centre, is leading the funding of the initiative while galvanising wider support from a range of local community-focused organisations including Croydon Council, the Metropolitan Police, Big Local Broad Green, Local trust, Croydon Business Crime Prevention, Day Lewis and ARCC.
The Terriers project is a drama production devised and produced by the Royal Court Liverpool Trust and Merseyside Police, and has been staged in secondary schools, community centres, colleges and youth centres across the UK. This is the first time the initiative has returned to Croydon since 2014, when it was one of the first locations in the UK outside Liverpool to host the production.
Performed by six professional actors, the play focuses on the life of a young sportsman who gets involved with a local gang. Using interactive audience engagement to bring the story to life, the play addresses challenges and moral dilemmas facing young people today, such as where peer pressure leads to involvement in gang and drug culture, crime and bullying.
The Terriers’ play will be performed to groups of pupils in schools across Croydon and in public places across the town, free to the public, from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November. Local organisations involved include Harris Invictus School, Virgo Fidelis, John Ruskin College and Lives Not Knives.
Free of charge public performances will take place:
Steve Yewman, Development Director, Westfield, said:
“The Croydon Partnership is pleased to support this important youth initiative. The play also encourages teachers, parents and youth workers to discuss, debate and support young people to think about strategies to deal with key issues, to inspire resilience and show how there is always a choice.”
Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson, said:
“Croydon can be proud that such a broad group of like-minded organisations have come together in partnership to bring this production to the town. We had a fantastic response when Terriers visited the town last time, and I’m sure the production will be warmly received once again.”
Bushra Ahmed, West Croydon Voice, said:
“I am pleased and proud of the way so many Croydon organisations have been able to work together to bring the Terriers Tour back to Croydon, to benefit our young people who deal with the issues covered in this powerful and hard-hitting acclaimed play on a day to day basis. If we can prevent one child from going to prison or losing their life this effort will have been worthwhile.”
Since setting up its outreach programme in 2014 to engage with charities and community groups, the Croydon Partnership has committed over £2 million of funding and in-kind investment. With a firm focus on youth engagement and local enterprise, the Croydon Partnership has supported a broad range of projects and has established a grants and bursaries programme.
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About Croydon Partnership’s plans for Croydon
The Croydon Partnership’s £1.4bn scheme will transform Croydon’s town centre into a 1.5m ft² state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination, together with new public realm, supporting 7,000 new jobs, new car parking and new residential units including affordable housing. This will sit at the heart of the wider regeneration of Croydon, attracting new residents and visitors back to the town centre for the benefit of all local businesses, whilst delivering a safe destination for families.
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