Pupils use theatre to learn about knife crime

STUDENTS in Seaton Delaval have been taking part in a special project to highlight the dangers of gang culture and knife crime.

Year 9 and 10 pupils from Astley Community High School took to the stage as part of the West Side Story Project that was organised and funded by Northumbria University, Aimhigher and Westnew Management.

The scheme makes local teenagers aware of the dangers of gang culture and knife crime, and also serves to help promote higher education as an option for school students.

Students from the school took part in drama, choreography and singing workshops that were delivered by international opera singer Graeme Danby, and a team of vocal coaches and choreographers, leading up to the performance.

The final saw students from Astley taking on the role of The Jets, and was narrated by Tyne Tees TV presenter Philippa Tomson.