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Over 3,500 students to see Dummy Run

Oct 28 2011

From Monday 31 October, Theatre in Education performances will run across South Yorkshire, delivering important road safety messages to an estimated 3,500 year 7 students.

The production, called Dummy Run, is delivered by Quickfoot Live on behalf of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and covers a wide range of issues, with a strong emphasis on risk taking, peer pressure and distraction. It supports key learning such as decision making and individual responsibility, safety culture and awareness and changing attitudes and behaviours.

 

The performance concentrates on a character called Jack and the dangers he faces every day on his journey to and from school. Using both mask and comedy, the audience follows the central character’s journey to inevitable tragedy.

 

A post production workshop gives the audience a chance to discuss the main points of the play in an entertaining and informative way and also helps them to visualise stopping distances whilst understanding road safety from different perspectives.

 

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Manager, Ken Wheat, said “This will be the third year that the Partnership has worked in successful collaboration with Quickfoot Live, previous performances have provided lively debate and allowed us to get road safety messages to almost 23,000 students across the county”.

“Regrettably, last year there was 1 child pedestrian aged 0-15 killed and 41 seriously injured on roads in South Yorkshire. This is, however, less than in previous years and in 2010 the number of people killed or seriously injured was the lowest on record. However, we cannot be complacent and will continue to find the best ways to engage with our communities, particular children and young people.”

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