"Skin Deep" - KS4 Relationships, gangs and knives.
“83% of students said they’d changed their views on knife and gang crime following the performance” - The Langley Academy, Slough
Developed in partnership with police, trading standards and PSHE specialists, ‘Skin Deep’ tells the powerful and moving story of two teenage girls who are attracted to boys from rival gangs. As events unfold, their relationships become increasingly threatened by hatred and intimidation. Eventually betrayal, fear and fatal misunderstanding lead to a dramatic explosion of violence that will change their lives forever.
Based on true events, the play is hard-hitting and immediately connects with its target audience through compelling dialogue and rap music. Following the performance, specially designed workshops explore a variety of themes that can be tailored to local priorities. These include the role of myths in creating a culture of fear, the reasons for the existence of gangs and extremist behaviour, the consequences of carrying knives and the nature of intolerance and prejudice. Ultimately, the aim is to challenge thinking and change attitudes, giving young people the confidence and self-belief they need to become active citizens in their local communities.
“Engages effectively with pupils, leaving them thinking about the consequences of their actions” - Slough Trading Standards
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