educational theatre project
Fire Educational Theatre Project is a joint partnership
between West Yorkshire Fire Service, South Yorkshire Fire
and Rescue Service and The University of Leeds.
is the second year that both West and South Yorkshire
Fire Services have joined resources to commission a theatre
company to tour a play and workshop to schools, highlighting
the issues of arson.
year however, the Theatre Company are students from The
University of Leeds. The West Yorkshire Police Authority,
who for the past six years have commissioned The University
of Leeds to produce similar Educational Theatre projects,
prompted this new partnership.
courses within the university collectively produce and
tour the play and workshop:
(Hons) Performance Management
BA (Hons) Theatre Acting
BA (Hons) Theatre Studies
and South Yorkshire Fire Services have targeted schools
from known 'hot spot' areas prone to arson attacks and
are keen to develop and build links with these schools.
West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire around 60% of fires
are identified as deliberate. The Fire Education Tour
is just one of the initiatives from West and South Fire
Services, responding to this growing problem.
aim of the project is to promote fire safety to young
people 'face on', in a way that they can understand and
relate to. Though both the performance and workshop they
aim to engage young people in debate and exploration of
the dangers associated with fire and arson, encouraging
them to consider the risks involved. Fire Safety Support
Officers will be present at each school taking part in
the question and answer section of the workshop.
Play is between 25 and 30 minutes. This will be followed
by 3 concurrent workshops lasting up to an hour.
production will tour to 20 schools in total, reaching
over 4000 year seven students:
schools in West Yorkshire from 3 December 2001 to 14 December
10 schools in South Yorkshire from 21 January 2002 to
1 February 2002
of the Play
gang of young people, led by 'Bez' are introduced. They
spend their evenings doing graffiti, hurling abuse at
each other and attempting to drive Kevs' older bothers'
gang hang-out at the back of this garage where the car
is that they drive around and learn to drive in. This
is a regular occurrence, until 'Shell' damages the car
while learning to drive it. Bez decides that the gang
needs to get hold of another car - but not just any car.
gang goes in search of another car, break in and steal
it. They decide that the best place to go with it is the
school playing field, and are soon causing havoc in the
car on the school premises. As the evening draws to a
close, they are about to leave the car in the school playground,
until 'Ru' points out that they will get caught Ð the
car has their fingerprints all over it. The only thing
to do is to set it on fire.
gang stand back admiring their handy work, sending flames
everywhere and quickly spreading to the school building.
As the Fire Brigade arrives, the gang taunts them and
ambushes the crews, throwing stones at them. During the
course of this and as the fire worsens Ru and Shell run
away, leaving the others. Suddenly they realise that their
friend Moose is missing.
to them, he has become trapped in the spreading flames
and subsequently dies. We leave the gang as we met them,
realising the consequences of their actions knowing too
that if they hadn't have prevented the fire crews from
doing their job, their friend might have been saved.
3 December Ð Hanson School, Bradford
Tuesday 4 December Ð Bradford Community College, Bradford
Wednesday 5 December Ð Tong School, Bradford
Thursday 6 December Ð Carlton Bolling College, Bradford
Friday 7 December Ð Thornton Grammar School, Bradford
Monday 10 December Ð John Smeeton Community High School,
Tuesday 11 December Ð Agnes Stewart High School, Leeds
Wednesday 12 December Ð Copperfields College, Leeds
Thursday 13 December Ð Matthew Murray High School, Leeds
Friday 14 December Ð Cockburn High School, Leeds
East Hill Secondary School
Oakwood Comprehensive School
Robert Ogden School
Wath Comprehensive School
more schools in South Yorkshire have yet to be confirmed.