Arts, Business & Young People 2018
Sponsored by Hospital Innovations
Winner: Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Beverly Peatling, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys & Bethan Sayed, AM
Image by Glenn Edwards
The partnership with Aberystwyth-based Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch was established in 2017 and grew from a concern about the issue of sexual exploitation in rural areas. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office wanted to reach young people in the area and address the problem in a creative way. Arad Goch devised a piece of forum theatre for secondary school pupils that directly engaged them in a range of scenarios. The interactive production, in both Welsh and English, was performed in 15 schools in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. It was so effective that schools elsewhere in Wales approached the company to stage the show and it will now be toured across the country later this year. Both partners felt that joining forces has been a real success in tackling such a sensitive and challenging issue and the judges felt that the project was an outstanding winner in this category.
North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) & ScottishPower
Support from PACT and ScottishPower Foundation has enabled Theatr Clwyd to develop the Justice Pathway, which highlights the consequences of crime. The educational, interactive performance project, now in its 10th year, consisted of three elements in 2018. The drama, Justice in a Day, is aimed at 13-15 year olds and highlights issues including knife crime, violence in relationships and legal highs. Its sequel, Connor’s Time, explores the impact that being sent to a young offender’s institute has on a teenager. Both productions have been embraced by Magistrates and courts across North Wales as an important tool in addressing issues of crime and anti-social behaviour. Most recently, the theatre developed Junior Justice for primary schools in response to concerns surrounding the game Fortnite. The productions reach thousands of pupils across North Wales and the judges wished to recognise PACT and ScottishPower Foundation for their longstanding commitment to local young people.