The Split Second

Sun 21st – Sat 27th Aug 2011


“an original piece of theatre that has been developed as part of the EVERY LIFE MATTERS Campaign, after the tragic death of a young man”





Oldham Theatre Workshop


‘The Split Second’ is an original piece of theatre that has been developed as part of the EVERY LIFE MATTERS Campaign, after the tragic death of a young man – Chris Dale, in a road traffic incident. The piece explores the theme of safe and responsible driving attitudes and behaviours in young drivers.

The Every Life Matters campaign group, who are a part of Oldham Youth Council alongside Oldham Theatre Workshop have been awarded £8,000 from Awards for All, a national lottery fund, to enable a new and exciting development for ‘The Spilt Second’ production. The groups have also been actively fund raising themselves to raise the total amount needed for this project.

The next phase of the project will see ‘The Spilt Second’ be showcased on an international platform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Part of the project brief was to provide three local performances in Oldham targeting young people who are hard to reach including young people with offending behaviour.

Workshops for young people will follow the performances, exploring their attitudes to driving and raising their awareness and understanding of safe and responsible driving. These workshops will be lead by young people from our campaign group alongside youth professionals. There is a PDF resource pack that we will be given to all supporting youth staff so they can run further sessions with young people on the themes explored in the theatre piece.

The workshops will be delivered at local venues and we have established contact with a range of local youth groups including the local youth offending service. The workshops are interactive and use a range of methods to enable young people to explore their attitudes to driving using themes from the drama as a stimulus

The company will perform 6 dates at the Edinburgh Festival from 22nd – 27th August at the C Aquila, Venue 21 at 2.00pm each day.

This is a great opportunity for young people from Oldham to show their work on an international platform and will ensure the message is spread across a wide audience. We have been in contact with a number of youth organisations in Edinburgh and will provide free tickets and workshops for these groups to see the performance and to meet with the campaign team to share the work we have been doing. These groups include voluntary and statutory youth organisations

The overall aim of the performance and workshop is to instil a different perspective for new drivers and their passenger's and their need to have a socially responsible attitude towards driving

Developments of the Split Second

There have been a number of positive developments in this next phase of the project. In the original production, the role of the Mother/girlfriend was previous played by a single actor. This time the role has been expanded and divided between two actors.

Norah Lopez (16) from Oldham will now play the role of Hannah the girlfriend and Sarah Nelson will play the role of the mother. Sarah is also the writer of the piece which gives the production another interesting dimension.

A new touring set has been designed and built especially for the Edinburgh production

‘The Split Second’ will have 6 performances in Edinburgh – from the 22nd – 27th August – 2pm at the C Aquila Venue – just off the Royal Mile

This Project gives young people from Oldham an amazing opportunity to be part of something special. Three of the cast are young people from Oldham who will have the opportunity to perform at such a prestigious arts festival.

And three of the main campaign leads from Every Life Matters will also be part of the company, their role will be to promote the piece and to assist in sharing the story of the campaign and how and why ‘The Spilt Second’ was developed.

The Every life matters campaign was developed in partnership with Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Admission: £6.50(£5.50) – £8.50(£7.50)

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