Posted: Thu 28th Apr 2016

Wings To Fly Is Back…

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

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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