Arson awareness play to tour Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire schools

31st July, 2009

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with The Zip Theatre company from Wolverhampton, they have been commissioned by West Midlands Arson Task Force to perform a play designed to raise awareness in young people of the dangers of malicious fire-setting and the importance of fire safety, Sparx has been adapted for a new tour of secondary schools across the region. The tour will take place in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin between 19th and 23rd October 2009 and will visit 10 secondary schools.

It is targeted at pupils in year 8, the 45 minute performance is followed by a 30 minute workshop which includes a hot seating session with some of the main characters. Sparx focuses on a troubled teenager whose actions have a devastating impact on her friends, family and a local fire crew. The messages conveyed are reinforced with the use of contemporary music, original songs, projection and an experienced cast of five professional actors.