St Mary's students experience the Brit School drama 'You Choose'.

St Mary’s was delighted to welcome drama students from the Brit School, Croydon who performed their hard-hitting drama ‘You Choose’ to an audience of our Year 9 pupils on Thursday 22nd February.

The drama, written by Brit School students, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police with the support of Croydon Council’s ‘Choose Your Future’ campaign.

The drama explores issues surrounding knife crime, child sexual exploitation, drug dealing, violence and bullying. It contains extracts of real stories, from people whose lives have been affected by these issues. The drama, which premiered at The Brit School earlier this month, will be performed to other schools across the borough in the coming months.

SMHSBritDrama Pic3aIn one particularly powerful scene, a girl lures a boy to his death, similar to the real-life case of a schoolboy, who was murdered in Thornton Heath. It is followed by two mothers meeting – one who had lost her son to knife crime and the other whose son committed the attack.

Following the performance, The Croydon Advertiser interviewed students from both schools on the impact of the drama. The special report can be found here: Croydon Advertiser