Cutting down, cutting out and cutting through, our perception of knife crime and how it affects our youth.


In response to our cities knife crime epidemic, we produced ‘CUT’ to help prevent and raise awareness around knife crime and the devastating impact it is having on young people and their families. 


Through the eyes of the stories protagonist Jamie, ‘CUT’ is a story about love, loss, risk and regret. It is an applied theatre production aimed at young people aged 15+. ‘CUT explores: 


  • The reasons why a young person may feel the need to carry a knife 

  • Peer pressure 

  • Risk taking behaviour

  • How knife crime effects family, friends and the wider community

  • The devastating and destructive reality of knife crime 

"Last night we attended a private viewing of a play called CUT, delivered by the outstanding Perception Theatre. It was an extremely powerful, emotional piece of work that explored knife crime."

Alan Walsh, Pathways CIC, Real Men Don't Carry Knives, Anfield Boxing Club


  • Inspire social change by making young people aware of ‘actions and consequences’ 

  • Create safer communities for all those living amongst them- especially young people 

  • Address and combat the “snitching” and “grassing” culture amongst young people 

  • Raise awareness around the repercussions of carrying a knife 

  • Raise awareness around the severity of knife crime, youth violence and the long term impact it can have on those involved including their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 


The production duration is 30 minutes followed by a 15 minute actor led post-show discussion. 

Target Audience

  • Year 10+

  • Parents, Carers and Guardians

  • Teachers

  • Professionals 

  • Police

  • General Public

Booking 'Cut'

If you would like to enquire about booking performances of 'CUT', please get in touch via the submission form below. 

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