On Thursday 6th June The Pintsize Theatre Company came to perform a 50 minute play which explored why young people should, and how they might, make positive interventions to protect themselves and their peers/friends from the risk of feeling pressured into drinking alcohol; its aim was to encourage the development of coping and avoidance strategies in relation to real and perceived risk, as well highlighting pathways to advice and support.
’I Want! I Want!’ focuses on four separate birthdays in the life of Rosie, a young female motor mechanic who is being put under enormous pressure to get drunk on her 18th birthday. During her story, she reflects on her past birthdays and on the damage which alcohol has already caused her and her family; particularly on the rising incidence of female binge drinking and the impact on her friends.
The aim of the project is to honestly reflect the challenges, misconceptions, anxieties and concerns of both young and old in relation to alcohol and to create a resource which allows for sustainable PHSCE enrichment in relation to this.