Play raises awareness of child sexual exploitation

Published on: Thursday, 05-March-2015

A play which brings home the issue of child sexual exploitation will be perfomed in Knowsley – hoping to help people spot the telltale signs when a young person is at risk.

To support the work around National Child Exploitation Day (on 18 March) and to help raise awareness of the issue, young people, their parents and local residents are invited to come along to the performance - Chelsea’s Choice. 

‘Chelsea’s Choice’ is a hard-hitting Applied Theatre Production, developed by AlterEgo Creative Solutions, that has proven highly successful in raising awareness of the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation.  The play, which has now been seen by hundreds of professionals and over 200,000 young people throughout the UK, is followed by a question and answer session exploring the issues raised.

The 35 minute play tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea.  Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary.  Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult.  Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be.  Chelsea's story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.

Three showings will take place at The Venue, Civic Way in Huyton on Friday, 20 March – performances commence at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm.  It is completely free of charge to attend, but please book you place in advance – email Steven Hale – steven.hale@knowsley.gov.uk or telephone 0151 443 2971.

For more information about Chelsea’s Choice, visit www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/chelseas-choice