Innovative rail safety programme back in schools by popular demand

Students from St. Ronan’s College in Lurgan also appear in filmed segments of the production, which has toured a number of schools. Pictured at a performance of #crossingthelines at St Ronan’s are Oisin Gordon, Naoise Kelly and Maitiu McGribben, with cast members Michael McGarry, Gary Crossan and Mary McGurk, Replay Theatre Company; and Richard Knox, Translink NI Railways.

A LIVE theatre production featuring key rail safety messages, #crossingthelines, is back in schools next month, due to popular demand.

Translink has partnered with Replay Theatre Company through Arts & Business NI with the innovative #crossingthelines community initiative.

A series of creative workshops for years 9,10 and 11 took place at a number of schools in 2018, reaching around 600 young people.

. Pictured during a performance of #crossingthelines are cast members Gary Crossan and Mary McGurk, Replay Theatre Company.

 

Students gave their views and suggestions on safe train travel as well as trespass and anti-social behaviour.

This feedback formed the basis for Replay Theatre Company’s #crossingthelines theatre production, which toured a number of schools last year.

Richard Knox, Translink’s Head of Rail Service Operations, said: “The #crossingthelines initiative has allowed us to work with students in a positive, creative and engaging way.

“Working with young people to influence other youth audiences and passengers helps us to encourage safe and responsible behaviour at stations and on board our trains and to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for all our customers.

“Trains remain one of the safest ways to travel and we have been promoting this message during engagement with youth audiences. Young people realise that dangers and potential threats come from misuse of trains and railway property”.

Richard concluded: “Due to the fantastic reaction from schools to the highly-commended* #crossingthelines production, we have renewed our partnership with Replay Theatre Company through Arts & Business NI to deliver further in-schools productions, which will take place in March and April 2020 at schools close to railway lines, bringing our rail safety messages to thousands more young people.”

Brian Mullan, CEO of Replay Theatre Company, added: “We are really excited to be bringing this show to even more young people across Northern Ireland.

“The show was performed to nearly 2,000 pupils in their schools in 2019 and Translink have renewed their commitment to getting their rail safety messages to even more young people with a tour which will visit twice as many schools this year.

“At Replay we passionately believe that involving young people in the creative development of this piece has ensured that the messages are being delivered in a way which is both relevant and entertaining.”

Mary Nagele, CEO Arts & Business NI, said: “Arts & Business NI is delighted that, through our Investment Programme, we can support the continuation and development of this powerful rail safety initiative.

“This partnership between Translink and Replay Theatre Company is a perfect example of how these creative collaborations between business and the arts are also positively impacting on important issues across our communities.”

The in-schools theatre productions take place from 23rd March to 3rd April 2020.

  • #crossingthelines was highly commended in the Creative Community Engagement Award category at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020
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