Performing Arts students showcase a production in high schools highlighting the dangers of underage drinking over the Christmas period and how to stay safe.

Picture of Performing Arts studentsLeft to Right - Front Row: Racheal Walker, Sandy Grierson and Sophie Penmon. Middle Row: Chloe Burrows, Jess Renshall, Gemma Scott and Hannah Rainford. Back Row: Josh Selfridge, Matty Birmingham and Declyn McCabe.

St Helens College's level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts students have recently teamed up with the Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) from St Helens Council, to raise awareness of underage alcohol use in local high schools.

Thirteen performing arts students will showcase a production called Intoxicated, to year 8 and year 9 pupils, highlighting the dangers of underage drinking over the Christmas period and how to stay safe.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said, "These performances are an expressive way of delivering key messages to students, to educate them on the dangers surrounding drugs and alcohol in a way they can relate to. More young people are telling us that they choose not to drink alcohol or take drugs and it is important that we continue to provide creative ways of enabling them to make positive informed choices."

Andrew Dickson, Performing Arts Lecturer at St Helens College, said, "This performance project is an excellent opportunity for the students to obtain real, transferable skills and experience within theatre education production, essential for gaining successful employment.

"They've worked extremely hard on the production and they can't wait to perform it to the local high schools over the coming weeks."

The two-week tour will commence on Monday 30th November 2015 at De La Salle High School.