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Drama for IFE

11 July 2018

IFE SUPPORTS Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services' young people drama project.

The Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) was delighted to support a unique theatre performance which delivered safety messages and was presented by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Manchester Camerata orchestra.

"Safer Together" was performed by a Key Stage Two class from each of Cheshire’s four unitary areas – Halton, Warrington, Cheshire East and Cheshire West – as well as community groups from across the county. This creative music and drama project is a result of a collaboration between Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services' prevention department who work with a composer, theatre maker and musicians from Manchester Camerata to highlight key water, home, rural and anti-social safety issues from an intergenerational perspective.

Chief Executive of IFE Dr Graham Cory attended the performance which took place at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn, Cheshire and handed out certificates of achievements to everyone that took part.

Anthony Jones, Group Manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The performance brought the house down and was a really fantastic evening. Each scenario was explored from both a young person’s and an older person’s perspective, portraying how they might respond to different emergency situations and showing the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to act.

“This was an innovative project which has brought young and older people together to learn about mutual safety issues and then work with professional musicians and prevention staff at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to creatively express what they have learned.

“I would like to thank Graham Cory for coming along and recognising all the hard work that everyone put in to make this performance such a success. I believe that this was the largest number of certificates that the IFE have ever presented to a group of young people. The Service is really proud that as part of its centenary year the IFE have chosen to be so involved in this project.”