Actors’ Project Prevent helps educate students

Performing arts students at Warrington Collegiate will be raising awareness of the ‘PREVENT Duty’ and the stages of radicalisation, as well as the British Values, through an interactive piece of forum theatre.

Actors will put on eight performances over the coming weeks for both staff and students at the Winwick Road campus.

Performances will also be recorded and showcased to those who are unable to attend in person.

‘Project PREVENT’ has been devised by students and features real newspaper headlines, facts and statistics within the performance. The piece is thought provoking and asks the audience real questions around the ‘PREVENT Duty’.

Lisa Adamson is one of the students involved in the unique project, which will use ultraviolet lighting and torches to emphasise the shifts between power and control of a vulnerable person.

Lisa said: “The piece is about broadening and raising the audience’s awareness of the stages of radicalisation and the prevention of it. We have used the ‘PREVENT Duty’ as the stimulus for the piece.

“As well as helping us to educate more people on the warning signs of radicalisation, the project has given us as students the opportunity to learn more about PREVENT and British Values.”

Performing Arts tutor Jake Liken said: “The aim of #ProjectPrevent, an episodic piece of theatre, is to support and empower young people into taking ownership of the prevention of radicalisation. This piece challenges theatrical traditions and uses social media, backlights, etc to engage and identify key moments within the performance. The episodes each consist of critical reflection moments and some even include audience interaction and input. It’s a performance for the people.”

Students are also hoping to take the performance on the road to local schools.