An award-winning alcohol awareness theatre production is returning to schools in Bolton as part of its biggest tour of the UK to date.

The Smashed actors will be visiting Bolton St Catherine’s Academy on Wednesday November 15. They aim to visit a total of 10 schools and 3,000 pupils across Greater Manchester over the duration of the tour.

Developed and presented by Collingwood Learning and supported by Diageo, ‘Smashed’ combines drama with interactive workshops to help secondary school students understand the facts, causes and consequences of underage drinking and drive down alcohol consumption among young people.

Chris Simes, chair of Collingwood Learning, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this global programme back to schools in Greater Manchester this year.

The Bolton News: “As statistics show, underage drinking presents a real threat to the health and well-being of young people.

“Our goal is to enhance the current alcohol education curriculum in schools with our memorable performance and workshop experience that helps young people explore the risks of underage drinking and build their confidence to say ‘no’ in the face of teenage peer pressure.”

Each 25-minute performance is followed by a 35-minute workshop, during which, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the themes and answer questions about the choices made by the characters in the performance.

Diageo has long committed to promoting moderation and tackling alcohol harm across the UK, supporting initiatives like ‘Smashed’ as part of its ambition to educate 10 million young people, teachers, and parents globally by 2030.

The Bolton News: Now in its 18th year, "Smashed" has delivered educational performances to students in 38 countries around the world.

The tour engaged over 1.9 million students globally, live and online in 2022-2023 alone, and in the UK, it has reached over half a million students to date.

Nuno Teles, managing director at Diageo GB, said: “Smashed has an impressive and proven track record of delivering an informative and engaging performance that equips young people with the knowledge to make smart decisions and understand the dangers of underage drinking.

“Underage drinking causes many risks to young people and ‘Smashed’ plays a crucial role in our ambition to tackle harmful drinking and deliver against our commitment to educate 10 million young people, parents, and teachers on the dangers of underage drinking by 2030.”

The programme, developed in consultation with young people, has had a positive impact on driving attitude and behaviour change.

The latest UK evaluation report found that:

● 96 per cent of students stated they had ‘some’ or ‘lots’ of knowledge about the risks of drinking alcohol underage.

● 83 per cent of students stated that they feel equipped to make the right choices about drinking alcohol.

● 78 per cent of students stated that if they or someone they knew were having problems with alcohol, they would know where to get help.

● 74 per cent of students stated that they were less likely to drink alcohol underage following the Smashed performance.

In the past decade, the UK has made positive progress in reducing levels of underage drinking. However, data from the government shows that hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions among under 18s in Manchester, is above England’s national average (36.3 per 100,000 versus 29.3 per 100,000).

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