All of our drama workshops are Covid-19 safe and should you choose to book with us, a copy of our safe-delivery procedures will be sent out to your school.
Eyes Open tours in the summer term each year, making it perfect for the post SATs period when year 6 are developing their personal and social skills and preparing for the transition to high school.
The play follows Ellie, an 11 year old girl, and her family as each of them engages with either a legal or illegal drug - and the consequences of their choices.
Dad Roger is a secret smoker
Mum Jan can't survive without her morning coffee
Josh uses cannabis as a wall to keep people out
Ellie succumbs to peer pressure to drink alcohol
And the supposedly sensible Abby takes an ecstasy tablet on a night out - without any thought for the consequence.
The whole session is an invaluable tool for Year 6, as it helps them learn about:
- The physical and psychological effects of drug use
- The definition of and difference between legal and illegal drugs
- The causes and effects of drug use
- Peer pressure
- Friendship and relationships
Our work is always child centred and we are often described as being 'perfectly pitched' for the age group. Eyes Open has been booked by many of the same schools for the last 10-12 years and many see it as an invaluable part of their transition period into high school.
Curriculum topics available: Personal development and resilience, Alcohol and drugs awareness.
Our performances explore challenging issues and choices that young people may be faced with as they grow into adulthood. Eyes Open helps children explore drugs and alcohol, considering both the legal and moral/ethical issues around drugs and alcohol and the wider impact on individuals, families and society.
Children watch a high quality performance (can be used for Arts Award study) by 3 professional actors and then take part in an engaging creative workshop which helps to develop their performance skills, confidence, communication through using their bodies and voices expressively, developing their imaginations and learning new theatrical vocabulary.
Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Drug and alcohol awareness, Mental health and awareness, Right and Wrong.
Eyes Open links to the new statutory relationship education and health education curricula.
A guide to these links can be found on our website:
The performance can be watched by as many Year 6 pupils as you have. You then need to book 1 workshop for each class of children (up to 35 per workshop) The first workshop is free. Additional workshops are provided at a small extra charge.
All children who watch the performance must take part in a workshop.
Eyes Open is suitable for children with additional needs and disabilities in a mainstream setting. We are happy to discuss the suitability of Eyes Open for children in other school settings.
Altru Drama is a creative education company, established in 2005. We use drama as a tool to increase understanding, build confidence, explore issues and develop personal and social skills. We aim to inspire, create and educate - working with and for young people to help them learn, develop and grow. And we absolutely love what we do!
Alongside our range of workshops and projects, we offer performances on a range of topics to support PSHE, RSE and Healthy Relationships curricula in school.
Eyes Open is one of such performances - and it has been touring schools since 2008. It is presented by 3 professional actors, in your school hall and is followed by an engaging workshop where pupils learn more about the issues explored in the play and develop their understanding of choices and consequences connected to drug and alcohol use and abuse.
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