• The street project •
‘You are invited to our Street to see what life is like! It’s raw, in your face and deadly real on the street! Is it too real for you? Can you handle brutal reality?’
That was the introduction paragraph on our invitation to The Street and it probably speaks for itself. Groups of targeted young people and their workers come and pass through a series of scenarios, acted out on the set around them by a cast of young volunteers.
Strong issues will be covered on the journey through The Street. Be prepared; harsh language and violence meet you in a strange territory. Anything can happen on your journey with a catalogue of topics ranging from sexual health to domestic violence, knife crime, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and mental health.
Each year the The Street evolves with the topics changing according to what the cast and other informed partners see as
issues that are current and need exploring. The Street “show” takes around 20 minutes, followed by an hour long workshop that tackles the shows issues head on.
We are always looking for new young people aged 14-24 who would like to get involved with helping to put the next show together, writing new scripts, acting or helping backstage with the lighting or sound.
To get involved, simply contact us on: 01698 552101, leave your details and someone will be in touch. Unfortunately due to the nature of the issues covered we are unable to include any young person under the age of 14.
All of The Street’s hard work over the first
four years was officially recognised in 2013 with the award of the prestigious
2013 COSLA Chairman’s Award
On way to the Award, the cast had to write a new script, be shot on video, interviewed and travel to Edinburgh first thing in the morning with a coffin to do a nerve wracking live show in front of the judging panel! As usual, the young cast took it in their stride and in the end, it all paid off!
The first time ever awarded in South Lanarkshire, the Chairman’s Award is given to the project deemed to have shown best practice and innovation over the whole of Scotland. South Lanarkshire Council hosted an official award evening for the cast and their families as way of saying thanks for all their hard work on the project and for helping to win the award.
The Street has been lauded, applauded and awarded, but what we really need is funded! If you can help with funding or know of anyone who can, please call!
“In addition to the impact of the various scenarios acted by the young people, it is clear in discussion with them that it made a personal impact on each of them. Whilst the climax of the programme is the performance, a lot of support is offered to young people in the scripting and commitment to the programme by the young people. The Street is emotional, sad and ultimately uplifting in its approach to engaging young people"
Executive Director Social Work Resources
“I found this dramatic production very hard hitting and a fantastic way to involve young people in confronting issues and choices which face them on “the street”. It feels very different to discussion type approaches; it feels real because you are part of the action developing on the street and events are happening very fast. It highlights how quickly poor choices can be made which are devastating for individuals and communities”
Head of Children and Justice Services
The Street is patroned by Lady Rita Rae, whos continuing support is greatly appreciated