Out Of Control

by Paul Swift

It’s the summer holidays and Rob is really struggling when his 13 year old granddaughter, Chloe, comes to stay. Her mum says she’s mixing with some bad friends and needs a break, but Rob soon realises that more serious things are going on.

“Don’t you get it, granddad? It’s got nothing to do with my friends, it’s me! My mother sent me here cos she doesn’t want me! Cos I’m a bad girl! And I do bad things, alright?… Cos I’ve got a boyfriend who loves me, and she’s got my stepdad and a screaming baby!

… Mum said when gran died you used to come into the garden and talk to her. Cos you went a bit mental, mum said. But I don’t think it’s mental…You really loved gran, didn’t you?… If you really love somebody and they were in bad trouble, you’d do anything to help them, wouldn’t you, anything you could?”

Can the audience help Rob to understand what’s happening and get through to Chloe before it’s too late?

Out Of Control is a participatory play that examines the issues around grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation CSE. The play is part of an educational theatre programme that supports work on health & wellbeing, safe relationships and mental health.

The play is supported by post play discussions, workshops and teaching support materials, and is available for people aged 11+ in schools and for community  groups.

Our programmes are designed to enable classes and community groups, to talk safely about sensitive issues relevant to their lives,  increasing empathy and understanding of their own and others’ experiences; to engage all, to enable everyone to participate at their own level; to draw on and validate their experience and knowledge, raising confidence & self-esteem and having a positive impact on learning and behaviour.

If you would like to know more about this project, please contact us on info@spectacletheatre.co.uk or call us on 01443 430700

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