Students raise issue of domestic violence

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Students from Leon School and Sports College are staging a play to highlight the issues surrounding domestic violence.

The 40-minute free performances of Let It Burn are due to be held at the Usher Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16 starting at 7.30pm.

The cast are four professional actors, two of which were former Leon students that have recently left Drama School, and are working alongside the BTEC Performing Arts groups to create this innovative piece.

The play also links in with the national curriculum and will also be a focus for workshops with GCSE and A-level students on this social issue.

The performances will be followed by a drop-in session on Tuesday, September 20 at the Lakes community centre between 10am and 12pm to discuss domestic violence issues raised by the play.

In Milton Keynes Thames Valley Police receive 500 calls a month about domestic violence –but many other incidents are thought to go unreported.

The play, which is not suitable for under 15s, is part of the neighbourhood regeneration programme and aims to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The neighbourhood regeneration programme is managed by a local steering group who look at the needs of the estate from statistics via MKi, consultation and engagement and residents experiences.

For further information about the work of neighbourhood regeneration programme in Milton Keynes please contact Jan Phillips on 01908 252237.