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Alcohol awareness theatre comes to Ellen Wilkinson

Acton’s Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls has hosted a performance of Smashed, a theatre and interactive workshop production that helps secondary school students understand the issues around underage drinking.

The production on Wednesday (24 April 2024) by Collingwood Learning consisted of a 25 minute performance followed by a 35 minute workshop where students had an opportunity to comment on the themes and discuss the issues and dangers of drinking.

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, the PSHE lead for Ellen Wilkinson’s School for Girls said: “We have had the Smashed performance today and it was amazing. The students got really engaged and they asked thoughtful questions about the very important topic that affects them especially when they get older. I feel like this performance should be delivered in most secondary schools across UK, it is a brilliant tool to use in delivering PSHE topics related to alcohol misuse and peer pressure.”

The production is supported by drinks giant Diageo which says it is “committed to promoting moderation and tackling alcohol harm across the UK”.

Ellen Wilkinson is one of eight schools that is part of a current tour for Smashed which has been running for 15 years and has been seen by over 500,000 students

Chris Simes, chair of Collingwood Learning said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this global programme back to schools in London 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.”

Nuno Teles, managing director from Diageo GB said: “This year we are embarking on our biggest Smashed tour to date and look forward to Collingwood Learning reaching even more communities across London. 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.”

Mr Teles added: “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.”

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