What does it mean to feel trapped with no escape route?

Crossing the Line is one of a series of single voice plays, researched with young people in Rochdale, commissioned by M6 Theatre Company and produced with Breaking Barriers.

Funded by the Home Office Building a Stronger Britain Together, this powerful contemporary story promotes relevant and important peer conversations amongst young people.

This resource is a digital version of the live performance and facilitated workshop that toured to Rochdale secondary schools in 2019. Exploring issues of identity, belonging and exploitation for a character in a seemingly impossible situation, this resource aims to develop discernment, personal resilience and increase understanding. It also provides guidance to where further help and support for young people can be found.

It is intended to be used by professionals working with young people aged 11+ and consists of two interlinked elements.

An intimate, emotionally charged, single voice play which provides a powerful stimulus to provoke meaningful and important peer discussion, supporting emotional and mental wellbeing.

An accompanying facilitators pack, which has a range of follow up activities to explore the issues raised in the drama.

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Breaking Barriers CIC was founded in 2020 to make work through co-creation with young people and diverse communities, using creativity to make real change. Set in the heart of Rochdale, Breaking Barriers tackles social and relevant issues via the mediums of film, theatre and audio soundscape, all with the aim to empower and inspire the next generation of makers.

M6 Theatre Company are specialists in creating dynamic, high quality and relevant productions for children and young people. M6’s work is driven by a belief in the power of theatre to enrich, challenge, inspire and even transform lives. From the company’s base in Rochdale, M6 reaches audiences of over 15,000 per year.

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Performer: Shaban Dar

Writer & Director: Parvez Qadir

Script Consultant & Editor: Mary Cooper

Workshop Facilitator: Carl Cockram

Costume and Set Design: Alison Heffernan

Filming and Editing: Nick Farrimond

Design: Studio Tom, Dick & Harry

Produced by: Breaking Barriers & M6 Theatre Company

With thanks to DCI Richard Hunt, DS John Schofield, DC Crystal-Dee Soutter and the team at Rochdale District CCE Unit, Greater Manchester Police: Muhammad Abdulaleem, Equality & Community Cohesion Officer: Carlo Schroder, Community Co-ordinator, Neighbourhood Services: Angela Quinn, Dovetail Pilot: Katie Digiorgi, Cme/Cmooe Officer, Early Help & Schools: Consultation groups at Oulder Hill Secondary School, Rochdale Youth Service, Early Break & Illustrator Caroline Boyd.

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