Getting the message across

PERFORMERS Connor McKenner, 17, Connor Meadows, 16 and support worker Max Gray, 23

PERFORMERS Connor McKenner, 17, Connor Meadows, 16 and support worker Max Gray, 23

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YOUNGSTERS had plenty of food for thought as they put on a musical production about the consequences of criminal behaviour on a Portsmouth stage.

A group of 20 teenagers from schools across the area impressed an audience at the New Theatre Royal with their creative acting and singing interpretations of shop vandalism and buying booze under-age.

Kiri Grant, 24, who directed the play, said: ‘The children were absolutely brilliant and I think they got their message across really well.

‘They all know how easy it is for teenagers to be peer-pressured into doing silly things that can end up ruining their lives as well as the victims.

‘A shop assistant who sells alcohol to a child who is under-age can lose their job, which will affect their family - it’s a vicious circle.’

Jessica Nevett, from the Southern Co-operative, who supported the event this month, said: ‘It has been great to see young people really engaging with this difficult subject matter with such enthusiasm.

‘Our colleagues are often subjected to verbal abuse and vandalism from various parts of society which is naturally very distressing for them, and it is good that young people try to understand their side of things and to think about how other people may feel.’

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