STUDENTS at three Thurrock secondary schools have been shown the dangers of driving as they approach the age for learning and driving with newly qualified friends.
Thurrock Council is part of the Safer Essex Roads Partnership which set up the programme across the county with Collingwood Learning, a Yorkshire-based company which provided the performances of Dead End during a five-week tour.
A sad fact is that young drivers in Essex are 4Â½ times more likely to have a crash – including a drink-drive crash – compared to drivers of all ages.
This Dead End drama ties in with The Honest Truth young driver campaign supported by the partnership which also provides the Essex Roadster in to Year 12 students across Essex.
Delivered through incredibly powerful monologues interspersed with theatrical action, and imagery via a projection screen, the audience is guided powerfully through the key messages.
It includes the build-up to, and consequences of the crashes.
Designed for Year 11 students, the performance uses a “talking heads” style approach with graphic descriptions of the accidents and the emotional scars.
The performance lasts 30 minutes, and then moves directly into the workshop which lasts a further half hour.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, attended the event at Hassenbrook Academy in Stanford-le-Hope on Wednesday (3 February).
She said afterwards: “What was great was the silence from the students. You could’ve heard a pin drop.
“Speaking to some of the students during the interval showed they were very ‘shell shocked’ especially with the facts and figures.
“The actors were very good and the whole performance was thought provoking.
“I did ask the young people I spoke if they had heard of the Young Drivers programme that is available for under 17s and to think about asking for it for their next birthdays, to give them an insight into driving with the performance in mind.”