CUT IS AN APPLIED THEATRE PRODUCTION CENTRED AROUND KNIFE CRIME AND YOUTH VIOLENCE.

THE PRODUCTION EXPLORES HOW A NEEDLESS DISPUTE AT SCHOOL CAUSES A TEENAGER TO BE STABBED AND KILLED

 

Performance Information

Set up time:

1 Hour

Performance duration:

30 minutes
Post-Show Discussion duration: 

15 minutes

"This production is a must for every school. Fast-paced, poignant and hard-hitting; it drives the important messages home in an accessible and engaging way that captures even the most vulnerable or challenging of students."

Anna Hudson

Personal Development Lead

Meadow Park School 

Knowsley

"I can honestly say that in my many years in teaching, this is the most powerful presentation I have seen. Thanks again."

Mr Andrew Roberts 

Assistant Headteacher 

Bridgewater School

Warrington

Overview

The play takes place amongst the four walls of a police interview room where Jamie recalls the night his best friend was murdered.

The script was written alongside family members and friends of victims of knife crime. The script was then further developed in collaboration with Alan Walsh, Rob Jackson, Merseyside Police and Cheshire Police. 

Synopsis

An empty house can only mean one thing. A house party! When class mate Molly decides to throw a house party, it soon becomes the talk of the school. Everyone is going including best friends Tom and Jamie. But after getting into a fierce brawl with Adam during break time, Jamie is left feeling anxious and paranoid. “You’re getting stabbed up, watch”. Hanging onto to Adams threats, Jamie decides to take a knife to the party “to protect himself” in case Adam is there. But what happens next will change the lives of everyone, forever.  

Target audience

  • Young people (Year 7+)

  • Parents, Carers, Guardians

  • Teachers  

  • Professionals working with young people. 

  • The Police and YOT

to be delivered in

  • Secondary Schools 

  • SEN Schools 

  • Pupil Referral Units 

  • Alternative Education Provisions 

  • Colleges 

  • Youth/Community Centres

  • Theatres 

  • Training Sessions

CUT explores

  • A young persons choice to carry a knife

  • Peer pressure

  • Drugs and alcohol misuse

  • Risk taking behaviour

  • How a knife crime can shatter relationships

Cut aims to

  • Inspire change by making young people aware of actions and consequences. 

  • Create safer communities for all.

  • Raise awareness around the repercussions of carrying a knife. 

  • Raise awareness around the long term impact knife crime and youth violence can have on a persons physical and mental health.

what young people think

"I learnt about how much things like this can effect young peoples’ (and their families) lives.

 

I think that it was very hard hitting and emotional in the right way to get the point across and if it weren’t as strong it wouldn’t have done the job correctly."

14 

Female

Cardinal Newman

Warrington

what young people think

"I learnt that even though you don't plan on hurting anyone and you carry a weapon for self protection and defense, if it goes into the wrong hands, you may lose your life or maybe even your near and dear ones. We must think before every action that we do. if we feel unsafe or insecure we must talk to someone who we think makes us feel comfortable. I think that Perception theatre is very interesting and teaches us values that are needed for kids nowadays. I think that they should be spreading all around the world and help people who get tempted to do wrong, not to do it and do the correct thing. Also, their acting is so realistic and convincing and all of them are very talented."

13

Female

Broughton Hall

Liverpool

"The ending proved anyone can end up getting into danger for the sake of one person carrying a weapon. Unbelievable performance from the actors. Looking forward to my son seeing it at his school"

34

Male

Hope Street Theatre

Liverpool

"I learnt how easy it is for young ones to get involved with knives an the devastation it causes to all involved in an incident. I thought this play to be very realistic an think by law it should be shown in every school, youth centres ext to educate are young on the dangers of carrying knives, an that knives take lives, thank you for an excellent performance an for trying to help the youth of today👏👏👏."

58

Female

Hope Street Theatre

Liverpool

what parents think

Want to book cut? 

If you would like to know more information or book a performance/tour of CUT please email office@perceptiontheatre.com or call 07306133629. We look forward to hearing from you!