Council’s road safety drama competition

Youngsters from Merton’s secondary schools performed their interpretation of the theme ‘Don’t die before you’ve lived’ on Thursday 11 June at The Rutherford Centre at Wimbledon High School.

Road traffic accidents are the biggest single cause of death amongst teenagers, and the competition aim is to get teenagers to consider the issues associated with road safety.

After several weeks of preparation, year 7 students from Ricards Lodge won the competition with their play Yes Mum. They were presented with an engraved cup, and theatre tickets for a West End show of their choice.

Students from Bishopsford Community School, Harris Academy, Ricards Lodge High school and Wimbledon High School all presented their road safety plays, written by the schools to their peers, parents, as well as a judging panel. Sitting on this year’s judging panel was John McCraw, actor and writer for Merton’s renowned children’s Polka Theatre, Christina Lydon, Education Manager at Wimbledon Theatre and Charmaine Jacques, Merton Council’s Senior Road Safety officer.

Merton Council ‘s director of environment and regeneration, Sarah Tanburn: ‘ Making young people aware of road safety issues is so important, and there is no better way of communicating this to them than through their friends and peers in a creative and fun way in an effort to reduce the number of road traffic incidents on our streets. There is still more to be done and Merton remains absolutely committed to raising young people’s awareness of the hazards on our roads’


Last years’ winner was Bishopsford Community school with their play My Decisions