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The crime of your life
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College students deliver hard hitting message to All-Wales Conference
Performing Arts students at Pembrokeshire College were called upon to deliver their hard hitting performance of ‘The Crime of your Life’ at the All-Wales Safe College Communities Conference held in Cardiff last week.
Students studying on the first year of the College’s Extended Diploma in Performing Arts kicked off this year’s tour by performing in front of an audience of 75 delegates made up of senior police officers, College principals and senior managers from the education sector. Focusing on the downward spiral of crime, the delegates commented on the outstanding and power performance delivered by the students with many highlighting the performance on their evaluation forms as one of the most effective elements to the conference.
‘The Crime of your Life’, now in its twelfth year, has been seen by over 10,000 secondary school pupils across Pembrokeshire since it was launched in 2001 and was recognised with a High Sherriff Award in 2008.
Targeting year 7 pupils, the play explores the downward spiral of teenage drinking, substance misuse and crime. Told through a game show, the play follows the exploits of three teenagers as they each make decisions that will impact on the rest of their lives. Through flashbacks, lead character Serena, tells the audience how easily seemingly minor offences spiralled into a life of crime that she is now unable to break resulting in the breakdown of her family and a life spent on the ‘inside’.
Following each show pupils are required to take part in workshops run by Dyfed-Powys Police, Pembrokeshire Magistrates, Pembrokeshire Youth Offending Team, SUDDS and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to explore some of the issues raised during the play.
Lecturer in Performing Arts at Pembrokeshire College, Simon Haslam, commented: “By targeting year 7 pupils we hope the messages contained within the play will stay with them throughout their teenage years and prevent them from becoming involved in youth crime. By highlighting how easily minor offences can escalate into more serious crime and the future implications, such as how much more difficult it makes finding a job, we hope the young people who have seen the play will recognise if they or their friends start on this slippery slope and will seek help before being drawn into a life of crime.
“Being involved in The Crime of your Life also gives our students’ invaluable touring experience and brings a real world element to their course.”
The tour, which is currently making its way around Pembrokeshire, is a multi-agency initiative organised by Dyfed Powys Police, Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Haverfordwest Magistrates Court, the Youth Offending Team, Safer Underage Drinking and Drugs Service, and Victim Support and is delivered by students at Pembrokeshire College.
This year the tour will be taken to Greenhill School, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Pembroke Comprehensive School, Milford Haven Comprehensive School, Fishguard Secondary School, Ysgol Preseli and Tasker Milward School.