ANTRIM and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), in conjunction with the Department of Justice, Lyric Theatre and Hydebank Wood College, have delivered ten performances of the hard-hitting ‘Blackout’ play to over 1,000 young people in Antrim and Newtownabbey this month.
The ‘Blackout’ performance tells the story of a young man who wakes up in a prison cell with no recollection of how he got there.
As he recalls the events of his life, he realises that his future is in his own hands. The aim of the play is to raise awareness about crime, anti-social behaviour, drug use and to help young people make positive life choices.
The production involves young people from Hydebank Wood College who give personal experience of the courts service and criminal justice system.
Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, Councillor Paul Dunlop, said: “Blackout is a very hard-hitting and impactful awareness play that demonstrates to young people the real consequences of becoming involved in criminality and anti-social behaviour.”
“The performance included personal accounts of two students from Hydebank Wood College, who voiced very clearly what life is really like for a young offender in Hydebank.”
Cllr Dunlop added: “The Blackout performances reinforced that there is no glamorous side to becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, drug taking and criminality.”
Blackout has been delivered to nine schools across Antrim and Newtownabbey; Abbey Community College, Antrim Grammar, Crumlin Integrated College, Edmund Rice College, Glengormley High School, Hazelwood Integrated College, Northern Regional College, Parkhall Integrated College and St Benedict’s College.
An evening performance was also delivered to a number of youth groups in the Borough in The Old Courthouse Antrim.