Bury College School of Performance students took part in a promenade performance to school pupils highlighting the tricks and treats of firework safety at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre.

Over the Halloween and Bonfire period, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service invited school pupils to attend a drama workshop at the Bury based Training and Safety Centre. The centre, which is equipped with a purpose built terrace street, was turned into a stage set to raise awareness on important issues such as drugs, alcohol, homelessness and firework safety.

The set on the training centre was turned into an underage house party and talented Performing Arts and A Level Drama Bury College students played important roles during the exercise. The Actu8 Drama students were extras throughout the event, some sang solos and Accentu8 Dance students also performed a “Thriller” flashmob as the finale.

Rebecca Sutherland, a Community Instructor at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, “This exercise was part of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Treacle campaign that we run each year over the period of Halloween and Bonfire night. This event was the first of its kind at the training centre. We have a fantastic space, so we thought turning it into a real-life set would be a great way to deliver important messages to young people in a more innovative way than a traditional assembly at a high school. The event was based much upon fire safety but also incorporated the “curriculum for life” which is part of Mayor Andy Burnham’s strategy for Greater Manchester which includes general safety and children being equipped for life. We were delighted that we could deliver this in partnership with Bury College and all the students worked really hard to a very high standard. We also worked alongside Grand Dame Theatre Company which was a great opportunity for the students to work with a professional theatre company and all of us at the safety centre! We provide free educational tours for the general public visit our website to find out more”

Level 3 Bury College Performing Arts student Corrine Oliveira was an extra in the exercise and also part of the flashmob. The former Bury Church of England High School pupil said, “It was a great experience to have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and deliver such importance messages to a young audience.”

Andy Tomlinson, Head of Curriculum for Performing and Creative Arts, said “It has been a fantastic opportunity for our 1st and 2nd year vocational students and AS Drama students to work together along with a professional theatre company. It is a totally different performance experience to anything they have done so far and they did themselves proud.”

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