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Snap Happy!

Riverside Performing Arts logoA recent report published by the charity Beat Bully stated that 38% of under 18’s in the UK have been involved in taking or receiving sexually explicit images, 15% of these being sent to someone the young person knew only online, and that this is a figure likely to increase in the coming years.

With the support of the Health and Well Being officers from Birmingham and Solihull and a fantastic grant of £9,975 from the Awards for All scheme Riverside Performing Arts are embarking on a new show, Snap Happy, to address and tackle this issue over the coming year.

Snap Happy, written by Fi Handscomb, explores young people’s attitudes to sexting, RPA Snap Happy!social media and the consequences of sharing images. As well as performing to the young people free performances will also be offered to parents with the aim of educating and supporting the whole family. Each of the performances will be followed up by a workshop to give the young  people a platform to explore the issue and look at choices they have. Overall we aim to raise self-esteem, communicate Christian values and raise awareness of an issue affecting so many in current culture. The Awards for All grant will allow us to offer ten schools within the South Birmingham community free performances as well as cover costs to provide support and advice packs to all young people and parents who see the production.

As we begin rehearsals for Snap Happy we would really value your prayers that many lives would be changed through the project and we would help many young people see something more of their truth worth and value.

Sarah Auger 442 2586