Impact of crime addressed in education short film launch

Posted on: 26th October 2015

A short film produced by the Playhouse Street Talk project in partnership with the PSNI was launched last week.

'Grey Skies' will be used as an educational tool to warn young people about the impact of crime.

Launched last Thursday at The Playhouse, the film tells the story of 15 year old Mark who has just been expelled from school.

"We meet Mark in an older drug dealer's house, where he's persuaded to take drugs, and start selling them" Elaine Forde from the Street Talk project said.
"Simultaneously we meet a police officer on duty, and then off duty having breakfast with his five year old daughter and wife. Eventually Mark and the police officer meet in a dramatic scene which shapes Marks life."

After the screening of ‘Grey Skies', the young people participated in workshops which explored the key themes within the film including; legal highs, child sexual exploitation, police and negative relationships. The workshops were facilitated by youth workers, police officers and artists.

"The young people were fully engaged in the film and described it as ‘very powerful' Elaine said.
"Some of the young people said they hadn't thought about police officers being married, having kids or doing normal everyday activities, they said they only see the uniform."

Nicola Barr Probation Board NI Area Manager said: "The film was professionally made and very thought provoking. It is a great way of highlighting the issues faced by both the PSNI and our young people to promote mutual understanding which will hopefully foster better relationships within the City and beyond."

‘Grey Skies' is based on the experiences of many of the young people participating in The Playhouse Street Talk project which encourages young people to use the arts to explore their attitudes and experiences of the police.

The film will be used as a learning tool by police officers, teachers, youth workers and artists to explore the complexities of modern day policing, and the way in which crime affects the families of both offenders and police officers. It will be used to open up a debate that allows at risk young people to consider policing and criminality within their communities.

The film was funded by Department of Culture Arts and Leisure and the PSNI.

The event was attended by 90 guests including 50 young people from Derry-Londonderry and Limavady, representatives of the PSNI including T/ACC Chris Noble and Superintendent Mark McEwan, as well as Paddy Sloan from BBC Children in Need and Gavin Lunny from Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.

For further information about Grey Skies or Street Talk contact Elaine at




The Playhouse Street Talk Project
Street Talk is a cross community project involving young people from four communities in Northern Ireland.
Street Talk enables young people from Limavady, Derry-Londonderry, Magherafelt and Strabane to come together with their local police officers to address issues relevant to them in their own communities.
Law, order and policing, understanding the legal system, and breaking down barriers between communities are all addressed.
Young people to use the arts to discuss issues that affect them in their everyday life and communities. This give the chance to talk about and break down community relations issues felt by both communities with the aim of promoting friendships.
Street Talk provided an opportunity for the young people to meet with and share creative skills with their local neighbourhood PSNI Officers.
The Street Talk Project is funded by J Paul Getty Charitable Trust and BBC Children in Need.
For more information about The Playhouse Street Talk Project contact Elaine at The Playhouse on (028)71268027.

‘Grey Skies' was funded by Department of Culture Arts and Leisure and the PSNI.


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