Under the Influence (2009)
Paige and Robyn are grounded. They sneak out to join their friends at the skate park for a night of binge-drinking. The risk-taking and peer pressure changes Robyn's life for ever.
Through energetic dance, physical theatre and modern urban dialogue combined with original music and set design, Qdos explore the consequences of alcohol consumption for young people.
The engaging storyline has realistic characters who reflect current youth culture, and young people are able to relate to them.
Under the Influence was developed in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council's Safer Communities (now the Community Safety Service) and Barnsley Primary Care Trust - through energetic dance, physical theatre and modern urban dialogue combined with original music and set design, Qdos explore the consequences of alcohol consumption for young people, including risk-taking behaviour and under-age sex.
Praise for Under the Influence
“Excellent, wicked, brilliant, great, cool, fantastic, amazing, exciting, and unusual, weird. I hope you will visit again.”
Pupil, Ramsay Grammar School, Isle of Man
“I was not looking forward to the workshop as usually these types of things are absolutely boring, but I am sooo glad that I did have the opportunity to take part because I absolutely loved it. Hope you visit our school again soon.”
Pupil, Hinde House Secondary School, Sheffield
“They were superb and they should come again.”
Participant, Kats Whiskers Youth Club, Barnsley
“It rocks, it's the best play I've been to in my life.”
Pupil, Wombwell High School, Barnsley
“The performance is continually being adapted to ongoing feedback so it is kept relevant and responsive to the needs of young people.”
Drug Education Development Worker, Barnsley
“Our service found the sessions [on binge-drinking, sexual health and peer pressure] useful as a health promotion event providing the young people with the information necessary to access services in the future, where a lack of knowledge and confidence may have previously prevented this.”
Sue Dymock, Lead Nurse, Barnsley NHS
“Our most vulnerable pupils gained valuable knowledge and practical experience.”
Assistant head-teacher, Penistone Grammar School, Barnsley
“They are value for money, professional and easy to work with. Not to circulate this latest production around our schools… would be doing an injustice to all pupils, and I am sure that parents would be similarly appreciative and expect no less for their children.”
Schools Liaison Officer, South Yorkshire Police
photos: Mick Mitchell, Katrina Whale
Excerpts of Under the Influence.
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