Chelsea’s Choice Raises Awareness

Theatre group Alter Ego visited WHS on Tuesday, 5 March and gave three performances of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ throughout the day to students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11. The 40 minute production and post-show Q&A have proven highly effective in raising young people’s awareness of:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Safe Internet Use
  • Risky Behaviour
  • The Grooming Process
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Where young people can go for help and advice

Throughout this term, North Cumbria Police Safety Unit have commissioned Applied Theatre specialists AlterEgo Creative Solutions to tour schools and other suitable venues in our area with their highly innovative production.

The play has now been seen by over 500,000 young people around the UK, tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary. Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult. Unfortunately, Gary was not what he seemed to be. Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students along with their teacher in an attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.

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Students in Mr Connolly’s Year 9 PD class produced follow-up posters, which they discussed with the cast members in their lesson.