A theatre company in Nottingham is tackling sexual exploitation online through a play highlighting the risks of the internet and how to get advice and support.
‘LUVU2’, by Pintsize Theatre originally ran through November last year but it’s back for a new run of shows.
The story follows the story of three GCSE drama students working on a group project when one of them suddenly changes the subject of their piece to one about online grooming.
The play itself is 50 minutes long and is followed by a theatre workshop.
Ian Court, the Manager and Artistic Director of Pintsize Theatre, wrote and directed the play.
He said: “Child sexual exploitation is a very serious issue – if you imagine a medium sized secondary school, that’s roughly the amount of children who are affected by online grooming.”
“It may sound like a relatively small amount of young people but the effects are devastating.”
He says that the rise of smartphones used by young people may be putting them at risk.
“Young people are creating very private spaces for themselves and increasingly living their social lives online.”
“The internet can be a wonderful place for people of all ages to meet and form relationships but unfortunately within that context risks can occur.”