KELY’s Drama Programmes are designed for young people to develop skills and confidence in using resistance strategies, enabling them to effectively resist peer influence around substance misuse. Drama offers a fun and interactive way to engage young people, enabling the development of life skills around self-confidence, communication skills, emotional management and self-expression. The programme aims to increase knowledge around drugs and alcohol, using activities for discussing and challenging perceived peer norms and developing a greater understanding of the risks and protective factors against substance misuse.
Professional actors support the programme, sharing knowledge and technical skills. Participants use these skills to devise short performances addressing key issues around substance misuse and its risk factors that are relevant to their peers. These performances are shared in schools, as well as with the wider community, ultimately raising awareness about substance misuse issues amongst their peers and community.