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Commissioner's pledge to spread anti-gun and gang message

Merseyside / October 17

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy will today be revealed as the new Ambassador for a powerful play warning young people of the dangers of becoming involved with gangs and guns.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy will today be revealed as the new Ambassador for a powerful play warning young people of the dangers of becoming involved with gangs and guns.

‘The Terriers’ is an innovative crime drama written by Merseyside playwright Maurice Bessman and is designed specifically to speak directly to young people. It brings home the stark reality of becoming involved in serious crime, as well as addressing issues such as drugs and sexual violence.

The play was first commissioned by Merseyside Police in 2008 and has already been seen by more than 50,000 young people.

Now, Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has thrown her weight behind the production and has told of her commitment to ensuring all young people in the region get to hear the play’s message.

The Commissioner has helped fund a further run of the play this Autumn with a £20,000 crime and disorder reduction grant.

Today, she will host an exclusive "lunch on the stage" for 15 special guests aimed at gaining further financial support for the drama.

Jane Kennedy said: "Feedback from young people on ‘The Terriers’ has been overwhelmingly positive. Such is the success of this drama that every young person on Merseyside should have the opportunity to see the play and hear the message it sends out about the dangers of getting involved in serious crime.

"I am determined, alongside Merseyside Police and our partners, to tackle gun crime and deter young people from becoming involved with gangs who use guns. Young people need to be warned of the dangers. The Terriers brings home the stark reality of the horrific consequence using a gun can have on the victim, their loved ones and the perpetrator. 

“That is why I decided to become both an Ambassador for the play and also help to fund its work – ensuring the play’s message continues to be delivered to young people across the region. I believe this is a long term investment to help young people make the right choices – prevention is always better than cure.”

The play will re-launch at the Royal Court Theatre on November 11th with a rare performance for the general public, before going on to complete a five-week tour around schools in Merseyside in November and December. A further five-week tour will take place in the Spring.

As part of the on-going development of ‘The Terriers’ project, the Royal Court Trust is working with Liverpool-based As Creatives to create a new educational resource package to help schools and young people examine the issues raised by the play in more detail. 

This new resource is being developed throughout the Autumn 2013 schools tour and teachers and young people will have the opportunity to have a say in its creation at a special event at the Royal Court Theatre on Monday 11th November when As Creatives will lead a discussion session after a public performance of the play.

Royal Court Liverpool Trust’s Chief Executive Gillian Miller added: “We are delighted to announce Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, as Ambassador for this important project for young people. 

“The Royal Court is keen to work closely with her to ensure that every young person on Merseyside can see Terriers and take part in discussions around how gun and gang crime affects their lives. Our aim is to raise awareness of these issues in schools and help to prevent young people getting involved in gun and gang crime in the future.”

Tickets for the re-launch of The Terriers on Monday, November 11th, are available for £3 for young people and £5 for adults from the Royal Court Box Office on 0870 787 1866 or on the website. Details and tickets for the school performances are available at The Terriers.