West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire students 'Risking it all'

Risking it All is a drama that explores risk taking behaviour amongst young people and its associated outcomes.

Risking it All 2engage performance

Issued on: 09 January 2019

West Berkshire Council, Building Communities Together Partnership and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) have sponsored this innovative programme of educational theatre performed by theatre group 2Engage.

The drama is aimed at pupils in school years 9 and 10 (13 to 15 year olds) and parents and carers of teenagers. It focusses on raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE), e-safety and social media misuse (such as Snapchat and Facebook) substance and alcohol misuse, grooming and inappropriate relationships. 

It is a gripping piece of verbatim theatre that takes stories from young people who have been negatively impacted by these kinds of issues.

A performance of Risking It All, aimed at parents and carers, is taking place at Arlington Arts Centre on 24 January at 7:30pm. The performance aims to give parents vital information to help start a conversation with young people.  

Parents who watched last year's performance said the following:

"Everything seems so scary these days. Inappropriate relationships and grooming is a reality. I was amazed at the lengths the groomers go to. Taking two years to groom a child."

"The acting was excellent! How quickly situations change and get out of control."

"The way grooming was shown as a slow deliberate process, taking the young person in and exploiting their vulnerability."

"Being able to watch the same performance my son was going to watch in school was really useful, he thinks he knows it all!"

Councillor Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Children and Young People said:

"This is a rare opportunity to see a piece of theatre currently touring local schools and to get straight to the heart of issues that could affect our teenagers. It tackles sexting, grooming, substance misuse and inappropriate relationships in an honest and frank way.  Most West Berkshire teenagers stated they would seek help from parents before anyone else regarding these issues - this performance will give parents and carers vital information and get the conversation started." 

Tickets are FREE and available from Arlington Arts.