Fri 1 January 2021 - Sat 31 December 2022 at TNG Youth Centre Show(s) at 6.30pmShow lasts approximately 30 minutes, suitable for 10 and above.
About the Show
Jacob is a highly motivated young man heading for one of the top universities. But when his 16-year old girlfriend becomes pregnant he is thrown off track. Now he must make a very difficult decision – should he pursue the straight path, work hard and go to university? Or take the easy road to gang life for some quick cash?
SAFE is an original theatre presentation developed for two distinct age-groups: for children aged 9-11 in years 5 & 6 and students aged 12-14 in years 7-9. Each hour-long performance consists of two parts:
- Part one comprises a short playlet written by two upcoming London writers exploring gang culture and knife crime from a young perspective.
- Part two of SAFE uses forum theatre techniques to invite the audience to participate in improvised scenes, showing how the characters might make different choices. The exploration of the themes and issues raised in the play engages young people directly with ‘real life’ situations. SAFE is a contemporary presentation that not only gives children the opportunity to respond to present societal issues, but also ties in with many themes in the national curriculum including:
– Anti-violence ｜ Critical Thinking ｜ Relationship Education
– Gang prevention ｜ Drug Education ｜ Diversity Education
After a hugely popular debut at TNG Youth Centre in May 2019 (watch the SAFE video here), not-for-profit theatre company Spontaneous Productions and community organisation James Ross Hunter Youth Support will bring this important presentation to schools in South East London in 2021/2022.
At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest from schools in South East London to strengthen our applications for funding. It is our goal to bring this important project to schools as low-cost as possible (or even free!).
- Autumn and Spring Terms 2020/21
Schools / youth centres to confirm expression of interest
- Spring Term 2021
SAFE project secures funding and confirms tour dates
- Summer Term 2021
Booking period as schools invited to confirm performance dates
- Autumn Term 2021 (and potentially Spring Term 2022)
SAFE performances in schools
Spontaneous Productions is a not-for-profit theatre company which has been providing high quality professional theatre for all ages in South East London and beyond since 2007.
James Ross Hunter Youth Support is a community organisation launched in 2014 whose aim is to encourage positive social values in youths and communities.
Find Out More
For more information about the project, or to express your interest in bringing SAFE to your school, college or youth centre, please contact producer Jonathan Kaufman at email@example.com.
Photo credits: Mark Drinkwater
The 2019 Cast
The Audience Reviews
Audience comments from the SAFE project, May 2019 (TNG Youth Centre)
- “Most important community theatre event I’ve seen in a long time. Giving the audience time to interview the cast over their actions in the play seemed to give the community an opportunity to collectively air their fears and concerns…” (Jeremy Clancy, film-maker)
- “The SAFE theatre show was an amazing piece of Art. From the story being told to the wonderful young people who portrayed it for us. I didn’t want it to end” (Janelle, student)
- “Thought provoking” (Caron, school adminstrator)
- “Magnificent display of reality” (Linda, audience member)
- “For me it was exciting to see and hear how passionate people became about the topics raised in the play. It felt like the community really came together in wanting to tackle the issues that lead to knife crime. The actors were extremely agile in responding to eachother and the audience, and this made for an interactive theatrical experience. I’m so glad I got to see it, and would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to all involved. A wonderful achievement!” (Laura, audience member)
- Producer and creative director: JONATHAN KAUFMAN
- Co-producer and tour co-ordinator: COLLET HUNTER
- Director and performance facilitator: EMMANUEL AKWAFO
- Cast includes: TUNDE ADESINA, LAURA LAKE ADEBISI, KYMARNI APPLETON