* Emergency Room is our knife crime prevention workshop. It is an interactive forum theatre performance and workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around violence involving teenagers and young adults in the community (specifically knife-related incidents).
This particular theatre performance focuses on: Unresolved conflict that may lead to violence in the community; the impact of online platforms in escalating feuds or rivalry; the role of the bystander within knife crime; the vulnerabilities leading to someone carrying and using a knife.
This performance was co-developed and co-written by young people with lived experience of knife crime.
The workshop involves interactive debate and discussion exercises and engagement with the actors in performance in order to search for solutions.
There is a post-performance discussion to explore triggers, warning signs and vulnerabilities, prevention / avoidance / delay tactics, and signposting to available support services.
* Written by Curtis Cole. To read more about this work
Highlight the impact of knife crime
Explore early intervention / prevention strategies
Create a safe space for young people to share fears and concerns
Increase confidence and explore appropriate behaviour to challenge bullying, including the role of the bystander
Provide information on where support can be found
Overcome myths around knife crime, including addressing systemic discrimination & racism
Increase awareness of triggers, warning signs and vulnerabilities of knife crime
This programme of work was initially commissioned by B & M Bargains, with additional support from One Manchester and Sir Robert McAlpine’s Strong Foundation Grant.
The workshop is 50 to 90 minutes long and can be repeated up to 5 times per day
This workshop is suitable for year 7’s upward
This workshop can be delivered as part of a longer-term project responding to the themes in the performance
Safeguarding staff and support must be available for debriefs / follow up
Costs depend on:
Additional / specific requirements of partner
Evaluation depth / requirements
Number of preparatory meetings required
Requests for additional staff
Number of actors
Between £650 to £1,100 per half day and £880 and £1,600 per full day. All costs include lead facilitators, actors and evaluation.
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.