Cadbury Performing Arts Students Help Police Tackle Community Crime

PC Matt Shakespeare with Cadbury Sixth Form College Performing Arts students

Schools Link Officer Matt Shakespeare from West Midlands Police's Kings Norton Neighbourhood Team has been working with Performing Arts students on a Theatre in Education production.

The students have now started touring local schools with their Cadbury Blue play, written to raise awareness and highlight the dangers of knife crime to pupils. 

PC Shakespeare came up with the idea and met with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma students and tutor Mitch Miller, who "was invaluable in his support, ideas and guidance".

This is what PC Shakespeare had to say about Cadbury Blue:

"The amount of work and effort that these guys have put into a project that goes towards their Theatre in Education course, but will also help educate and guide our secondary school age pupils around the community, has been inspirational. It shows just how amazing collaborative work truly is.

"Our piece of work highlights just how easy a petty argument can spiral out of control and end with devastating consequences. The dangers are real, the devastation caused is real, the consequences are life changing for those directly involved, and those around them. Our message is: there are always better ways to resolve conflict. Our communities need to work together to educate, support and guide each other.

"It has been an immense pleasure to work with the students of Cadbury Sixth Form College and I have been hugely impressed by the energy they have shown. Both the students and Mitch are a true credit to not only Cadbury Sixth Form College, but also to the communities of the West Midlands."

Schools who would like to book a performance of Cadbury Blue are invited to contact [email protected] for more information.

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