A Royal Court Liverpool play about gun crime will tour community venues across the North West thanks to a funding boost.
Arts Council England has awarded £42,127 to the Royal Court Trust through its Strategic Touring programme to support the show ‘Terriers’, which has also received backing from Merseyside Police.
The police force initially commissioned the play, written by Maurice Bessman, back in 2008 in collaboration with Liverpool Football Club and continues to support it alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund.
The show, which will now be able to tour venues including theatres, libraries, pupil referral units and young offender institutions around the region as well as the Midlands, aims to reach disengaged young people who are exposed to gang and gun crime.
It has been developed over time with input from young people in communities affected, and so far more than 150,000 young people from Merseyside schools have seen and studied it.
Stacey Lavery, development manager at the Royal Court Liverpool Trust and the driving force behind the bid, says: “This is fantastic news for all of us working on the project.
“We have seen first-hand the impact that the show has on young people who are at a vulnerable age and coming under a lot of pressure from their peers.
“The show deals with issues around gun and gang crime but also around exploitation of girls in gangs. “It sends an important message about how young people have a choice and how they can be valued in society.”
Dates for an autumn tour or ‘Terriers’, which is directed by Miriam Mussa, are now being compiled by the trust.