Belfast Telegraph

New Lyric Theatre play aims to help young people 'make better life choices'

A new Lyric Theatre play is aimed at reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in Northern Ireland.

Blackout tells the story of a young man from a dysfunctional family whose personal circumstances and adversity led him into drugs and alcohol.

The death of his grandfather triggered a path into the criminal justice system and a possible custodial sentence.

The play's director and head of creative learning at the Lyric, Philip Crawford, said: " Having got to know various Hydebank Wood College students, we wanted to use our theatre-making skills to help them tell their story to other young people, in the hope of persuading them to make better life choices.

"The support from the Department of Justice means we can reach more young people across a wider geographical spread than before and we're delighted to be working with them."

The Lyric teamed up for the first time with the Department and Hydebank Wood College.

Blackout has been previously performed to almost 4,000 young people, teachers and community leaders across 51 schools and community venues.

Many who watched it said it changed their attitudes towards young people and crime, organisers said.

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