Wings To Fly Is Back…
Wings to Fly is an anti-drugs play which plays a key-role in educating year 6 pupils of the dangers of drugs. The play has been running for 20 years and helps pupils develop their understanding and awareness of the dangers and consequences of substance misuse.
Between the 26th-28th April, approximately 1000 year 6 pupils from Torfaen will descend on the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran to see the play performed to them by year 9 students from Abersychan Comprehensive – students who themselves would have seen the play only a few years previously.
The play tackles the consequences of substance misuse through the story of 14-year-old Penguin, who succumbs to peer pressure and experiments with drugs. During the duration of the play, the characters deal with the use of different substances; from alcohol to slimming tablets, steroids and mephedrone.
Gwent Police School Community Police Officer PC Juliet Murphy, who along with PC David Hayward and PC Tracy Thomas supports the play, said: “Once again I am indebted to Abersychan School for undertaking the production of Wings to Fly. The pupils are a credit to their school and indeed their local community. They are delivering a very clear message regarding the dangers surrounding drugs and substance misuse and the Year 6 pupils are able to reflect upon this when their respective School Community Police Officers deliver lessons on this topic.”
After the first performance on Tuesday, one audience member said:
“As a mother, it’s very emotional to watch: you can see your own child there for a moment. It can be upsetting but it’s a very important message – this is necessary art.”
Pupils in the audience said of the play:
“That was great. I wish I had a film of it so I could watch it again.”
“I don’t ever want to go near drugs. Now I have seen what they can do.”
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