Explosive theatre

DRAMA Participants take part in a workshop run by the Chickenshed drama group ' from left, Laurence (19), Daniel Banton (25), Jojo Morrall (19), and Catherine Turner (19).    Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110418-1)
DRAMA Participants take part in a workshop run by the Chickenshed drama group ' from left, Laurence (19), Daniel Banton (25), Jojo Morrall (19), and Catherine Turner (19). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110418-1)
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THE RISE in knife crime among young people was one of the topics explored by actors in a drama workshop.

Youngsters from the Havant area took part in a workshop that looked into the themes of the critically-acclaimed production, Crime Of The Century.

The explosive play, a mixture of dance and acting, was performed at The Spring, in East Street, Havant, on Saturday. Actors from the Chickenshed theatre company, based in London, took time before the show to share their knowledge with local teenagers.

The show was a stark journey about the build up and repercussion of one fatal moment and was staged alongside a contemporary score of hip hop and dance music. It included interviews with victims, police officers and ex-offenders.

Kate Saunders, publicity officer at The Spring, said the story was based on the real-life experience of one of the performers, who lost their cousin to knife crime.

She said: ‘It was thought-provoking. It was difficult to watch at times because it’s a very difficult subject.

‘My daughter took part in the workshop and thought it was very good.’