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Theatre show spreads no smoking message to school children

12th March 2018

A fire-breathing dragon and scary witch are among the characters in an innovative musical theatre production spreading the no smoking message to school children in Wirral today.

Oldham Theatre Workshop is at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton performing A World Away for over 1,300 primary school pupils in advance of national No Smoking Day on Wednesday. The show, which highlights the negative impact of smoking on young people’s lives in a new and dynamic way, will be performed for key stage two pupils from areas of the borough where levels of smoking are highest.

After the show, the pupils will take part in fun, interactive workshops highlighting the main messages shared during the performance. They will also be invited to review the production, with the pupils producing the best piece of written work winning a £25 book token and £300 sports equipment for their school.

The event has been organised by ABL Health, which delivers Wirral’s specialist stop smoking service in partnership with Wirral Council.

Liz Woodworth, of ABL Health, said: “As well as helping people across the borough to stop smoking, it is our duty to encourage people not to start in the first place. The council has a mission to make smoking history for Wirral’s children and events like this play a valuable role in supporting this incredibly important preventative work.”

James Atherton, Director of Oldham Theatre Workshop, said: “Stories have the power to both entertain and educate. We’re really excited about ours doing just that. We hope that the choices made by our characters on stage will help our audience reflect on their own future decisions.’

The ABL Wirral team has helped more than 5,000 people on their quit journey since the service began in April 2016.

If you feel like the time is right for you to quit, contact ABL today on 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to 60777 or e-mail wiccg.ablwirral@nhs.net

Alternatively, you can visit one of the drop-in clinics; for details visit www.ablwirral.co.uk