Stage is set to tackle drink menace

TEENAGE drinkers will come under the spot light in Cheddar when a theatre company visits the village.

TEENAGE drinkers will come under the spot light in Cheddar when a theatre company visits the village.

Kings of Wessex School has invited the performers to the village on February 14 in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour and highlight the dangers of the drinking culture.

'Dyin 2 b Drunk', by South West theatre company Pretty Good Girl, has been snapped up by the Cheddar school.

The production follows the story of Amy, a bright young teenager who longs to fit in. All her friends are drinking so she decides that getting drunk is the way to 'be cool' and belong.


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Actors are seen gulping down alco-pops, getting drunk and staggering out of off-licences.

Underage drinking has been an on-going problem in the village and the visit is welcomed by Cheddar police.

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Sgt Mike Tripp said: "Any move to try and reduce the problem must be a good thing."

Parish councillors have also previously said that youngsters gather outside shops and drink because of the lack of activities for children.

A spokesman for the theatre company said: "The show highlights the allure of the drinking culture and then slowly takes you to the darkest situations that are reminiscent of the dangers we so often hear about."

A report published by the British Medical Association showed there has been a rise in the number of 11-15-year-olds who drink alcohol and the amount they drink is also increasing.

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