We’re proud to be supporting an interactive drama highlighting the dangers of using mobile phones while driving.
The New Vic Borderlines project ‘Message Not Delivered’ is taking to the road for the third time, touring schools and colleges across the West Midlands and Staffordshire.
It tells the story of a group of friends involved in a road traffic collision (RTC) and uses the real voices of professionals from West Midlands fire, police and ambulance services as well as the family and friends of real-life RTC victims.
Following performances, students in the audience are given the chance to take part in workshops and interact with scenes, identifying how the characters might have behaved differently.
Susan Moffat, Director of New Vic Borderlines, the theatre-in-the-round’s community outreach department, said: “We’re thrilled to be touring ‘Message Not Delivered’ for the third time and are grateful to West Midlands Fire Service for supporting this vital project.
“Borderlines works in response to issues communities identify. Through projects such as ‘Message Not Delivered’ we’ve developed partnerships with frontline professionals who make a powerful difference and have genuine first-hand knowledge of the issues we are addressing, such as distraction while driving. With the help of our partners we’re able to tour our work and make sure important messages are heard.”
Watch Commander Andrew Gillespie, of West Midlands Fire Service’s Road Casualty Reduction Team said: “We’re privileged to bring this highly successful production to young people in the West Midlands. We’ve worked closely with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the New Vic Theatre to deliver this vital road safety message.
“We know that 14 to 24-year-olds are among our most vulnerable road users. It’s important that we convey the dangers of using a mobile at the wheel in a way that will appeal to and resonate with them and their friends.
“We hope that ‘Message Not Delivered’ will have a real and lasting impact on everyone who sees it in our schools, colleges and universities, and helps to dramatically reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”