Driving home safety message

Riley Jones, 22, Charlotte Brown, 24, Richard Hoyle, 25, who used comedy to show the importance of road safety.
Riley Jones, 22, Charlotte Brown, 24, Richard Hoyle, 25, who used comedy to show the importance of road safety.

COMEDY was used at a Wallsend school to drive home that a subject was no laughing matter.

A stage show toured the region to challenge young people’s attitudes towards road safety, dropping in to Churchill Community College.

‘Josh Green Posted On Your Wall’ – funded by The National Drive Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) – highlights how reckless behaviour around traffic can lead to serious injury and death.

Last year in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, 88 pedestrians between the ages of 11 and 16 were seriously injured on the region’s roads, with four fatalities.

One of the stars of the show, Richard Hoyle, 25, from Theatre and Learning Ltd, said: “I think by putting on a show such as this, the children are more receptive to the message we’re trying to get across.

“Our aim is to get people to think how messing around and carrying on can lead to someone being seriously injured or even dying.

“It’s important that children challenge the peer pressure that they can often be put under, and that is something I think the show does.”

The story line is based around three characters, Josh, Sarah and Zac, and examines their behaviour at the roadside and whilst using public transport.

Throughout the show a rear projection acts as a backdrop, displaying pictures and videos, as well as representing the Facebook pages that the characters look at and post on.

He added: “We use mobile phones, Facebook pages and comedy to get the young people involved in the subject, but there is a serious message at the end when one of the characters die.

“The pupils seem to really respond it, and the reaction we have had has been extremely positive.”

The project was developed in partnership with the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Road Safety Group, and Theatre and Learning Ltd, and supported by North Tyneside Council.