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Smashed Wakefield2

We’re delighted to be working once again in 2020 with Smashed, a global programme by Collingwood Learning which educates young people on the dangers of underage drinking.

Smashed combines a powerful and inspiring live theatre performance with interactive workshops, teaching resources and online learning to engage young people.

Last year, we invited Smashed to perform at CAP schools across the country, and the reaction was amazing. 94% of young people said they were less likely to drink alcohol after taking part in the programme. The project also encouraged them to explore alcohol’s impact on their physical and mental health, feeling angry, behaviour like falling out with friends and posting inappropriate comments on social media, and the potential consequences of drinking alcohol at a young age.

Students said it was a powerful show that resonated with the young people, that it was deeply engaging and entertaining, and that it provoked lively debate about alcohol, peer pressure and sexual harassment. One teacher said: “What a brilliant production. Both the students and staff were glued throughout the performance. Thank you for inviting our school to be part of an amazing learning opportunity.”

We are so impressed with Smashed that we also invited them to perform at our annual celebration event at the Welsh Assembly last year, so CAP partners could see the impact this powerful performance has.

Smashed’s 2020 school tour dates are now confirmed:
North East England: 13 – 31 January
West Yorkshire: 3 – 7 February
Cumbria: 10 – 14 February
Lancashire: 24 – 28 February
South West England (Including Hayling Island and Isle of Wight): 1 – 6 March
South East England, Sussex: 9 – 13 March
South East, Kent: 16 – 20 March
South West, Reading (including Wantage and Thatcham): 23 – 27 March

If you’d like to know more, or to find out how your school can get involved, do get in touch: [email protected]

Our local CAP has seen significant results: there’s been a 17% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in just two years. But it’s about more than statistics. One aspect of the CAP has had much higher aims – to change the way young people talk about and view alcohol. That’s a significant challenge given that many of our young people use alcohol as a way of creating a social identity for themselves.

Tommy Sheppard
MP for East Edinburgh

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