Theatre in Education tours
We are delighted to have commissioned successful three Theatre in Education tours of 'I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die' in 21/22, in London/SE, Scotland and Oldham schools.
In July 2016 the DSM Foundation commissioned Mark Wheeller to adapt ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, to take into schools, colleges and the community as a Theatre in Education tour. From Spring term 2017 and for the following three spring terms, Stopwatch Theatre with a cast of four professional actors took performances of the play, followed by interactive drug and alcohol education workshops, into schools across London. In spring 2020 this powerful production was taken on by Wizard Theatre, following the closure of Stopwatch, and by the end of the tour reached more than 50,000 young people, as well as parents, carers and professionals at public performances.
The production is incredibly powerful, and aimed at students from years 9-13. It explores issues of choice, risk and consequence, but also friendship, love and loss, and the impact of our choices on others.
Workshops focus on informed decision making and risk awareness. They aim to leave no student in doubt that they always have a choice about the decisions they make and that the risks associated with illegal substance use can be incredibly high. They learn some facts that will help them make informed decisions and some tools to put their decisions into practice in a pressured situation.
‘Virtual’ tours from 2021
Under Covid19 restrictions in 2020, with live performances off the cards, we worked with Theatre in Education company TiU Theatre to have their new production of our play professionally filmed. This had been due to tour Scottish schools live in summer 2020, but thanks to generous – and flexible – funding from Scottish grants and trust funds, we were able instead to pay for a high-quality filmed performance to be created, that could then be toured ‘virtually’. You can see a short trailer of this here.
The ‘virtual tour’ includes a viewing of the film, followed by an interactive workshop, a vital element of the TIE experience. Where schools are able to have visitors, one of our drugs educators, or one of the cast of the play, will deliver this in person. If schools still have to restrict outside visitors then filmed workshop resources incorporating classroom activities can be provided for teachers to deliver themselves.
This was available to schools in London and across Scotland during summer 2021, and continues as a flexible option alongside live tour, being able to reach places we’re otherwise unable to get to.
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Feedback from students, schools and parents has been very positive. Students are asked to complete an online survey following performances, aimed at measuring the impact on their perceptions of risk and consequence, understanding of the role of peer influence, and changes they anticipate to their future choices about drugs. In 2019 feedback 88% of students said they had learned more about the risks of drugs, and 89% said they had learned more about the impact of drug use on others. The aspect of the play that students reported as having most impact was the fact it was a true story, using the real words of the people involved.
Funding for Theatre in Education tours
The play performances have a huge impact on all who see them. They are also the most expensive part of our drugs and alcohol education programme.
We are very grateful to all those who have supported the 2022 tours (London/SE and Scotland) including: