Knife Crime in Birmingham

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Walking down New Street under blue skies that stretch over the beautiful Birmingham, it is astounding to see The Knife Angel appear over the horizon. The 27ft tall monument, built entirely out of knives and weapons that have been surrendered to police forces across the UK, is a stark reminder of the national crisis our young people are facing.

Knife-related homicides are at their highest level since recording began in 1946.
285 people were killed by knives and sharp instruments in 2017/18.

The Knife Angel is a great example of how organisations can use their expertise to play their part in raising awareness of the severity of the knife crime crisis and to support young people who may be impacted.

We recognise that as a theatre in education company made up of proud Brummies, we have a responsibility to create a theatre programme that provides a space for children and young people to explore these issues.
This summer term we’re working with students from over 10 schools across Birmingham to co-create a knife crime theatre in education programme, which we will then tour to schools in the next academic year.

If you want to find out more, please get in touch: bookings@theplayhouse.org.uk

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