Making a drama to
prevent a crisis
TALENTED students are making a
drama out of anti-social behaviour at the Philharmonic Hall in
Liverpool on Thursday, 25 March, 2010.
Pupils from eight secondary schools in the city have developed their
own 15 minute productions on subjects ranging from racism to road
safety as part of a project called:- ‘Act Together’.
Now in its third year, it sees pupils performing their work in front
of 6,000 primary school children to starkly illustrate the
consequences of anti-social behaviour.
The schools and their drama topics are:-
• Shorefields - alcohol
• North Liverpool Academy – drugs
• St John Bosco – gangs
• Parklands - railway safety
• New Heys - racism
• Gateacre - bullying
• Archbishop Beck - road safety
• Broadgreen – anti-social behaviour
On Thursday, 25 March 2010, the pupils will take to the stage at the
world-famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to perform their
dramas in front of a VIP audience of local dignitaries.
Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for Safer, Stronger
Communities, said:- “This initiative is having a major impact
on preventing crime and anti social behaviour and is helping make
Liverpool a safer place. Liverpool is already one of the safest
metropolitan cities in the country with anti-social behaviour down
18 percent over the last year and this scheme is playing a part in
that. So far these workshops have proved extremely popular. They
give young people the opportunity to stop and think about the
consequences of their actions and the type of life they want to
All eight secondary schools are involved with the Safer Schools
Partnership which sees officers from Merseyside Police working
within the school.
Knowsley vs Manhattan
Panthers, Athletic & Phoenix
Game result – Knowsley 2
MERSEYSIDE team, Knowsley arrived
at The Icahn Stadium on 21 March 2010 to play 3 x 30 minute matches
against 3 different Manhattan teams, with members of the Knowsley
squad each playing at least one match.
The first match was against the Panthers and they didn’t have a good
start, looking nervous and making errors that they don’t normally
make. They gave the ball away a lot of times in all areas of
defence, midfield and attack. Knowsley began to settle and played
better after the first 10 minutes, getting the ball into dangerous
areas, but could not find each other when it mattered.
Knowsley looked tired after the long journey they had and with a
busy schedule this began to take its toll on the players which gave
the Panthers the chance to make progress through the Knowsley
defence coming close on a couple of occasions. Knowsley struggled to
get their game together and looked second best at times and in the
22nd minute of the first period poor defending allowed the Panthers
to take the lead which they held to the break.
In the second period Knowsley were up against Athletic who were a
fast and furious team and also caused Knowsley problems with their
pace. A number of changes were made at the break by Knowsley and
this was a chance for the other players to show their skills but
again, as in the first period, the same sloppy play caused Knowsley
problems. Despite many chances in the 2nd period created by both
teams -and coming close on a few occasions - no other goals were
scored and this gave Knowsley a chance to consolidate their play.
In the third period more players were used by Knowsley and they
began well by moving the ball and passing the ball around better;
suddenly believing in themselves and gaining confidence. A fine
piece of play in midfield saw Sean Richards release Anthony Dunleavy
who broke free from his marker and went on to strike an excellent
shot into the far corner of the goal. Knowsley then began to play
better football and looked more like the Knowsley team we know and
it was at the end of the 3rd period that Knowsley took the lead and
the victory that Knowsley expected with a fine solo effort from
Anthony Carr which put an end to a poor performance from Knowsley
and realisation that things can only get better.
Location:– Icahn Stadium, USA
Weather:– warm and sunny
Game result:– Knowsley 2 - Manhattan 1
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