Ganging Up is a theatre-in-education programme that looks at complex issues around gangs and gang culture.

The story revolves around the relationships between Jay, his brother Corey and his best mate Jeavon and what happens when two of them become associated with a local gang. The programme seeks to provide a balance between what the children already know and have experienced, and what they could potentially encounter. It adopts a non-prescriptive stance, where it is the children who outline the consequences for the characters and generate the strategies by which to deal with the issues raised.

The programme is highly participatory and involves pupils in a compelling and realistic fictional context where they will be given opportunities to:

  • examine attitudes towards gang culture
  • identify where their choices lie with regard to becoming involved in gangs
  • practice strategies to resist peer influence and resolve conflict


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