‘Blackout’ to shine a light on youth justice system in Mid and East Antrim

The cast of Blackout along with Mid & East Antrim PCSP Chair Cllr Paul Sinclair and Principal of Cullybackey College Mr D Donaldson.

Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), in conjunction with the Department of Justice NI, Lyric Theatre and Hydebank Wood College, are bringing ‘Blackout’ back to five schools in the borough.

Last year the Lyric Theatre production toured more than 25 schools across Northern Ireland performing to over 3,000 young people.

‘Blackout’ tells the story of James, a young man who wakes up in a prison cell with no idea of why he is there. As he recalls the events of his life, he reaches a point where he realises his future lies in his own hands.

The production involves young people from Hydebank Wood College who have personal experience of the courts service and criminal justice system.

The PCSP are now supporting a fresh roll out of the play after successful feedback from school children.

This year the production is visiting Carrickfergus Grammar School, Larne High School, St Louis Grammar School, Cullybackey College and Carrickfergus Academy.

Chair of Mid and East Antrim PCSP Cllr Paul Sinclair said “Mid and East Antrim PCSP are delighted to be able to bring the play ‘Blackout’ back to this area.

“Blackout is the true story of a young man charged with attempted murder who tries to piece together the events in his life that have brought him into prison and threaten to keep him there.

“We had excellent feedback last year from everyone who saw the play including comments about how it makes young people think harder about the effects of drugs and alcohol and perceptions of young people and crime”

With an atmospheric soundtrack by Chris Warner and physical theatre sequences devised by David Calvert, this high-energy production is followed by a Q&A with a panel of young people with first-hand experience of custody and the judicial system.

You can follow the play on social media #LyricBlackout

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