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Police And Theatre Join Forces To Tackle Unsocial Behaviour
A Staffordshire theatre is teaming up with the local police force to produce an innovative project aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour. The My Yard theatre project has come about through a partnership between the Lichfield Garrick and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, in partnership with Pedestrian, a Leicester-based educational charity. Together they aim to raise awareness of the impacts of anti-social behaviour by working together to tour secondary schools in Staffordshire during the remainder of March. The project is a free live theatre performance, the core theme of which is taking pride in the local community. My Yard, created by Therese Collins-Cann, raises awareness of different types of anti-social behaviour as well as offering solutions to behavioural and social issues.

My Yard
The My Yard project brings police and theatre together

Olivia Deane, who is leading this project on behalf of the Lichfield Garrick, commented: "A team of two actors is touring My Yard to more than ten schools and youth focussed organisations with a programme of assembly performances and follow on workshops, aiming to raise awareness of what constitutes anti-social behaviour. The narrative follows a character living in a deprived estate who has lost faith with her surrounding community, and the transformation she encounters when she begins to make positive changes in her life." The project has been funded by a grant from The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. This is the first time that the Commissioner and Lichfield Garrick have worked together.

Matthew Ellis
Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Mr Ellis said: "I'm delighted to be funding this evolving way of getting the message on difficult issues over to young people. In the past couple of years I've funded theatrical groups across Staffordshire to tackle subjects such as abuse, bullying and the risks of exploitation. They have been powerful, thought provoking plays which have focussed on the impact on all the individuals involved. My Yard will adopt the same approach which has been so successful before and I wish everyone involved a success tour with such important societal messages."

Tim Ford, Artistic Director for the Lichfield Garrick, added: 'We would like to thank the Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner for all their support. We are thrilled to be taking My Yard into secondary schools, some of which do not get the opportunity to see drama at first hand."

Tim Ford
Lichfield Garrick artistic director Tim Ford

My Yard is a 15 minute piece designed for large groups, ideal for assemblies, accompanied by optional workshops for smaller groups which further explore the themes of the piece. The theatre piece, together with the accompanying workshop, will be touring around Staffordshire schools from March 20 to 31. There is some limited availability, and any interested schools or organisations should contact Olivia Deane by emailing
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Why? Police And Theatre Join Forces In Innovative Project
When: 20 - 31 March 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Free
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