Case Studies

One 2 Many

  • Artist(s):
    Loudmouth Theatre in Education
  • Artform(s):
    Drama
  • Commissioner(s):
    NHS Dudley
  • Health Need(s):
    Alcohol abuse
Summary:
One 2 Many is a new Theatre in Education programme for young people in secondary schools, designed and delivered by Loudmouth Theatre in Education.

Project Information

One 2 Many is a new Theatre in Education programme for young people in secondary schools, designed and delivered by Loudmouth Theatre in Education.

Working closely with NHS Dudley and young people, Loudmouth have created a unique programme which examines issues around alcohol abuse and binge drinking, and issues associated with this including risky behaviours, underage sex and relationships. The programme has incorporated a range of health facts concerning the impact of alcohol abuse, such as the impact on brain development and long-term health issues. It also signposts young people to the relevant people and agencies which can provide professional help and information to young people.

Loudmouth has over 19 years experience of developing a model of TIE. In One 2 Many, actor facilitators deliver an interactive drama session, which incorporates discussion and activities. This is then followed by group activities and a 12-week educational resource package and lesson plans are available for teachers and the young people following the session.

Loudmouth work closely with NHS providers and schools to develop the work, and in response to current funding limitations, One 2 Many has been designed so that it can be delivered to suit the needs (and budgets) of the school. One option is that in one day, a whole year group can see the performance and take part in related activities, whilst still maintaining creative quality and small group work within which it is more comfortable for young people to speak about sensitive issues. The interactive drama package is designed so it can be delivered with minimal resources and is flexible in terms of the space it requires.

The feedback from school, pupils and the NHS has been very positive. Evidence suggests that young people have understood and retained most of the information concerning key facts and myths affecting young people who engage in alcohol abuse and binge drinking.

Read more:
http://loudmouth.co.uk/programmes/one-2-many/

Lead Tutor at King Edward 6th Form College in Stourbridge:
"The performance seemed to look at every angle of alcohol abuse, from students seeing themselves in often ridiculous situations through drink, to the destructive effects that alcohol can have on relationships, both partners and family, often with no realisation from the person drinking!... Discussion groups held immediately after and during short plays were often very revealing."

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