Gritty drink-drive drama tours schools

A POWERFUL anti drink-drive drama, based on a tragic true story, is being brought to pupils in schools across Norfolk next week. Norfolk County Council's Casualty Reduction service and the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team have got together to bring, Too Much Punch for Judy, back to Norfolk.

A POWERFUL anti drink-drive drama, based on a tragic true story, is being brought to pupils in schools across Norfolk next week.

Norfolk County Council's Casualty Reduction service and the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team have got together to bring, Too Much Punch for Judy, back to Norfolk. Performed by professional actors from the Ape Theatre Company, it tells the harrowing tale of a young woman who kills her sister in a drink-drive car accident.

The drama is part of the county council's on-going education programme for young drivers and their friends about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Pupils will see the lead-up to the fateful crash and its aftermath - the play is based on a true story and includes dialogue taken from witness statements and interviews with family and friends, police and health professionals.

Adrian Gunson, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “Young people see passing their driving test as a big step towards independence, but the freedom to drive also brings huge responsibilities whenever they are behind the wheel. Drink driving can ruin lives, and this drama, drawn upon a true story, is a powerful way of getting that message across to young people who may be driving or travelling with friends over Christmas and the New Year celebrations.”

Ivan Ward, area road safety officer, said: “This play brings home to drivers and their passengers the awful consequences which can come from drink driving.

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“To help the young audience explore the questions it raises in their own minds, we have workshop sessions afterwards where they can discuss the issues with members of the cast.”

The play will tour eight Norfolk schools including Oriel High School in Gorleston and Caister High School nesxt Thursday, December 4.

“If the dangers of drink driving are highlighted to young people as they start to drive independently, then the message stands a better chance of having a lasting influence on their behaviour,” added Mr Ward.