Luton secondary-school students watch “Boy X interactive”
“Boy X interactive” was performed by the Arc Theatre Ensemble in seven secondary schools in July 2022, reaching 1,865 Year 8 and 9 students. These included young people from the same three central Luton wards where the Comedy School performed “It’s No Joke!” for primary-school pupils at the same time. Arc Theatre had previously performed “Boy X” for 1,670 students in March 2020, just as lockdown started.
Luton primary-school pupils watch “Stop & Think”
In November 2022, Arc Theatre performed its play about the realities of Stop and Search for 960 Year 4, 5 and 6 primary-school pupils in Luton. This was the first time Year 4 pupils had been included. The play was written by the same author as “Boy X interactive” for the Barking & Dagenham Safer Neighbourhoods Board in partnership with the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.
Anti-knife comedy play performed for Luton primary-school pupils
In July 2022, The Comedy School performed “It’s No Joke!” in 13 primary schools for 2,035 Year 5 and 6 pupils from three central Luton wards. Just before lockdown two years earlier, it performed the same play for 1,481 pupils. BBC Look East covered it in a special programme about knife crime (below) when it was performed previously.
Working with Luton secondary schools
Nathan Levy of Inspired Futures continued to work for Flavasum in Luton secondary schools in 2022, helping their pupils avoid being drawn into gangs and carrying knives.