Wednesday 12th December 2018
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06/12/2018 - Comedy performances to tackle youth knife crime

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Knife crime

Luton pupils will be given the opportunity to attend a comedy performance which aims to raise awareness of knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

As part of Luton Community Safety Partnership's Serious Violence Strategy, the Flavasum Trust together with Alternative Learning and Progression Service (ALPS) have secured funding from the Home Office and Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation to pay for the Comedy School to perform ‘It’s No Joke!’, a play which uses comedy to explain the damage knives can do to the person carrying them, their friends and families, as well as to anyone unlucky enough to be a victim.
During the first two weeks of December, the Comedy School will be performing to 1400 pupils aged between 10 and 13 years from 10 primary and secondary schools in Luton. All performances will take place at ALPS and Barton Coach Company has sponsored the transport enabling pupils to be transported at a significantly reduced cost.
Peter Sinclair, Chair of Trustees, Flavasum Trust said: “The rise in knife crime is causing everyone to worry, especially parents. Are our children safe when they go out? Who are they meeting? We can’t keep them indoors just because we’re scared they might be at the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why the Flavasum Trust wants ‘It’s No Joke!’ a play about knife crime, to be seen by as many young people as possible.
“ ‘It’s No Joke!’ is a unique way to help school-aged children understand the dangers of carrying a knife and what they must do if they know someone is carrying one.”
Councillor Mahmood Hussain, portfolio holder responsible for children and young people, said: “We know that telling children not to do something doesn’t always hit home. The ‘It’s No Joke!’ performances are entertaining and we believe are an excellent way of communicating important serious messages about the consequences of knife crime and the associated dangers in a non-threatening way to our children and young people.
“As part of our community safety partnership we are committed to protecting our communities and identifying ways in which serious youth violence can be prevented. These performances forms part of the Alternative Learning and Progression Service’s knife crime awareness work that they have been undertaking within the service for the past two years.”
The pupils will also be participating in research to find out whether, comedy theatre is an effective way to change young people’s attitudes towards carrying knives.
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