Now You See Me; Now You Don't — Road Safety Awareness
A THEATRE production will tour 17 London Boroughs over the next four months to make young people more aware about road safety.
Set up and funded by Transport for London (TfL), a team from the Immediate Theatre will visit 170 primary schools and put on a play with Year 6 pupils.
The production focuses on the children's upcoming journeys to secondary school, with emphasis on the fact that they have responsibility over their own and other people's safety.
Now You See Me; Now You Don't is an interactive performance that tells the story of Aaron, an 11 -year-old boy who is knocked down by a car on his way home from school. The students are asked to become detectives and discover how the incident happened.
Chris Lines, head of the TfL London Road Safety Unit, said:
'London has made great progress in converting our education and engineering measures into real numbers, with 65 per cent fewer children killed or seriously injured on our roads now than in the mid to late 1990s. Theatre in education is just one of many tools TfL uses to reach people, and the touring theatre has proved to be both effective and popular among school children.'
Last year, 86 per cent of pupils who saw the production said they would behave differently on the roads in future. As one Year 6 pupil said: 'It's made me think more about how dangerous a road is.'
• Parents wishing to find out if their child's school is one of those being visited should contact their local Borough Road Safety Officer