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The Terriers returns to the stage, thanks to the PCC

Merseyside / November 11

A hard-hitting crime drama that warns teenagers of the dangers of gangs and guns returns to the stage tonight, thanks to Merseyside's Police Commissioner.

A hard-hitting crime drama that warns teenagers of the dangers of gangs and guns returns to the stage tonight, thanks to Merseyside's Police Commissioner.

'The Terriers' is a powerful play which speaks directly to young people to bring home the stark reality of becoming involved in serious crime. The production has already been seen by 50,000 young people across Merseyside.

Now the play is returning to Liverpool's Royal Court before completing a tour of schools across the region after receiving the support of Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy.

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

Jane Kennedy said: "The Terriers talks to young people in a language they understand. It brings to life the far-reaching consequences of getting involved with gangs and the horrific consequences of using a gun or knife.

“Guns and knives kill and maim, they destroy lives, families and whole communities. Young people need to understand the consequences of their actions if they get involved in this sort of crime.

"I am determined, alongside Merseyside Police and our partners, to tackle gun crime and deter young people from becoming involved with gangs. The Terriers has the power to help a young person make better choices, turn away from crime and ultimately save lives. I want to get its powerful message across to as many young people as possible on Merseyside and that is why I have stepped in to support The Terriers.”

Following the rare performance for the general public tonight at the Royal Court, the play will complete a five-week tour around schools in Merseyside in November and December. A further five-week tour will take place in the Spring.

The production has already toured in South London and the Commissioner hopes it could be rolled out across the country in the future.

She said: “This play is not only powerful and compelling, it also an extremely good piece of drama with an incredibly important message and I think children across the country should have the chance to see it. If we can grab the imagination of teenagers while they are still young we may be able to put them on a different life path.”

Following tonight's performance, a special discussion session will be held to enable young people to have an input into a new education resource package being developed the Royal Court Trust in partnership with Liverpool-based As Creatives for schools.

The new resource, which will be developed throughout the Autumn 2013 schools tour with the help of teachers and young people will enable schools to examine the issues raised by the play with pupils.

Royal Court Liverpool Trust’s Chief Executive Gillian Miller added: “Support from the Police & Crime Commissioner is fundamental to ensuring that Terriers reaches more young people in Merseyside this Autumn and in 2014. We are delighted that Jane Kennedy is our Project Ambassador and is so passionate about helping to prevent young people from getting into gun and gang crime. 

“We look forward to working with her and Merseyside Police to develop the project further so that as many young people as possible can see and benefit from this unique piece of theatre.”

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 at www.royalcourtliverpool.com

Details and tickets for the school performances are available at www.terriersplay.co.uk