Switch Up: an anti-knife crime drama programme set to reach
Saltmine Theatre Company’s Switch Up, comprised of a 45-minute performance and 45-minute workshop, is set to reach approximately 5,000 pupils across the West Midlands and Derby area on its forthcoming tour from 27th June - 17th July.
approximately 5,000 pupils
Switch Up focuses on the complex, interrelated issues of knife crime, gang violence and self-identity. Originally commissioned and funded by Derby City Council, it premiered in September 2018, when Saltmine's actors performed 12 shows and workshops to 2,351 pupils in school years 9 and 10.
“You touched some hard to reach children who are at risk of falling towards gang life” - Teacher feedback from Autumn tour
Recent national responses to the knife crime danger include a South London priest calling for churches to open up as safe havens for young people and the Home Office granting £7m to West Midlands Police.