Congress Theatre hosts “Wings to Fly”

Gwent PCC with cast and crew

Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert and PC Murphy commend the work of West Monmouthshire School pupils with Mrs Sinead Jones

The dangers of drug and substance use are being highlighted for primary school pupils in Gwent this week, as schools across Torfaen county and further afield visit Cwmbran’s Congress Theatre for a live play, performed by local secondary school pupils.

“Wings to Fly” is a time-honoured play has been kept up-to-date with the issues that teachers and Police officers see emerging around young people relating to peer pressure and substance abuse.  The troupe of actors from West Monmouthshire School, as well as providing student theatre technicians, gave the play an additional twist incorporating music and song, directed by Drama teacher Sinead Jones.

Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, whose office provides funding that allows the county-wide drama, visited to see the updated play.  Praising the efforts of those involved, he said,

“Can I congratulate all the young performers from West Mon School for their excellent portrayal of this powerful message: ‘Say No To Drugs’. Also I want to thank all the school staff involved as well as the Gwent Police Officers and School Liaison Programme. There can be no doubt, from what I saw this morning, that the message hit home with all the other school pupils present in the audience.”

The SchoolBeat curriculum lesson “It’s Your Choice” complements “Wings to Fly” and is delivered to Year 6 pupils in Wales.  It was recently ranked as a “Critical Core” lesson in a review of our Police-delivered safety education.

School Community Police Officer PC Juliet Murphy said,

“This play is a really vibrant contribution to the visits I make to school.  It engages pupils in a different context and gives me a good basis to refer back to.  I’ve got plans to see all 400 Year 6’s in my patch this year to follow this up with the anti-drugs lesson It’s Your Choice.”