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Monthly archives: July, 2016

Launch Day 1

A great start to the day lots of positive comments for the pack.

Thanks – It’s great. I only just got a chance to open it!!
Sarah Doyle. Deputy Head, Riverside School.

I was telling some teacher friends about this yesterday – they were very impressed with the project. Good luck !

Janice Martucci. English Teacher. Ecole Notre Dame, Bonneuil sur Marne, Paris, France.

Discovered a number of potential contacts and advised on the many Church communities that would be interested.

Very good contributions by guests Odette McBride and Nadine Canoville.

A thoughtful contribution from a younger member…”They kept telling us, Oh exams are a lot easier these days. And you leave University with a good qualification – 2:1, and debt, Then there’s no jobs, it’s internships and profit share and you get the sense that some people. some are looking down on you. As if you’re not worthy”

Powerful stuff…



Launch Day 2.

Still buzzing after a great night with a very appreciative audience.

Thank you for the screening. It has provoked me to share your resource with the safeguarding lead in BARNET. I think we should try and encourage BARNET secondary schools to engage in the drama element you champion.

Jack Newton
Executive Headteacher

Cast member Daniel Davids who plays both Tyrone and Paris’s Father John said…“I thought the DVD was very good and I am so pleased I came along”.

When asked by the audience had he experienced similar problems at school, Daniel said…”Yes there was stuff going on, but nothing like it is now. But I have family going through school now and I wanted to get involved because it such an important issue and I feel proud to have done so”

Another parent said she was happy to deliver their free copy to her  daughters school.

Another observed that teenagers needed to realise that “everybody has been a teenager and some of us have been there and bought the T-shirt. Being a teenager doesn’t just belong to the current generation.”

“I’m I allowed to say I enjoyed that? Is that appropriate? That last scene is chilling”.

So a break for the holidays and then back into schools and the community with talks, workshops and more screenings.

Thank you Enfield. Thank you.



Launch Day 14th July: My name is Tom – The Screening.

Still buzzing after a great night with a very appreciative audience.

Thank you for the screening. It has provoked me to share your resource with the safeguarding lead in BARNET. I think we should try and encourage BARNET secondary schools to engage in the drama element you champion.

Jack Newton
Executive Headteacher

Cast member Daniel Davids who plays both Tyrone and and Paris’s father John said…

“I thought the DVD was very good and I am so pleased I came along”.

When asked by the audience had he experienced similar problems at school, Daniel said…

“Yes there was stuff going on, but nothing like it is now. But I have family going through school now and I wanted to get involved because it such an important issue and I feel proud to have done so”

Another parent said that her daughter’s school was having real problems and was happy to deliver their free copy to them.

Another observed that teenagers needed to realise that…“everybody has been a teenager and some of us have been there and bought the T-shirt. Being a teenager doesn’t just belong to the current generation.”

A Teacher said…“Am I allowed to say I enjoyed that? Is that appropriate? That last scene is chilling”.

So a break for the holidays and then back into schools and the community with talks, workshops and more screenings.

Thank you Enfield. Thank you.



Launch Day July 14th: The Education Pack.

A great start to the day with positive comments for the pack.

Thanks – It’s great. I only just got a chance to open it!!

Sarah Doyle. Deputy Head, Riverside School.

I was telling some teacher friends about this yesterday – they were very impressed with the project. Good luck !

Janice Martucci. English Teacher. Ecole Notre Dame,
Bonneuil sur Marne, Paris, France.

Discovered a number of potential contacts and advised on the many Church communities that would be interested.

Very good contributions by guests Odette McBride on Cybertraining for Parents provided by Parentzone and sposored by Vodaphone and Nadine Canoville Vice-Chair of PEP’s and the amazing work they are doing across Enfield and why they got involved in the project. My interviews with their members features as part of the pack.

A thoughtful contribution from a younger member of the audience…

“They kept telling us, oh exams are a lot easier these days. And you leave University with a good qualification – 2:1, and debt, Then there’s no jobs, it’s internships and profit share and you get the sense that some people. some are looking down on you. As if you’re not worthy”

Powerful stuff…



My name is Tom: The Screening – 14th July @7.45pm: Admission by donation.

Theatre is real life is pleased to announce that entry to the screening is now by donation…Why?

Because we would like as many people as possible to come along, we know times are hard and with summer holidays almost upon us, a very expensive time for some families. The more tha come along the more the project will grow. So why should you come next Thursday?

My name is Tom explores the problems of e-safety and new media in a typical community, following the story of Paris and Darnell’s teenage love. When Paris and Darnell are exposed they are not the only ones…

What the audiences said about the play…

“Had a great evening at The Dugdale, hope you bring it – ‘BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND’. Well done Alan Spence for writing the play that gave the cast the opportunity to shine.”

“Love the fact we have the Dugdale Centre to support such conversation- starting, thought-provoking, on-the-pulse plays. Congratultions Alan Spence. I also thought these actors were great at doubling-up as teenagers and parents”.

“It addresses some serious subject matter ranging from Cyber bulling, Sexting, Child Exploitation and Pornography and much more.

What teachers said about the project…

I would recommend the project to schools across the curriculum in order to spark debate and to see, in a truthful manner, the pressures and dangers that young people can face through e- safety.

Adam Foster. Actor / Teacher: Riverside Special School, Haringey.

Any school that says it doesn’t have a problem… is lying

Katherine Cowan. Head of Drama Winchmore School, Enfield.