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Crashbash scripts to come alive on 20 June

Crashbash scripts to come alive in 20 June finals performance

Encouraging teenagers to think about issues to do with drink-driving is the aim of Crashbash and this year’s finals feature performances by teams from four secondary schools.

Now in its 10th year, the 2003 finals performance is being staged on Friday (20 June), at 7pm in the Great Hall of the Arts Centre on Rolleston Avenue.

The 2003 theme is Alcohol Limits for Young Drivers, which was set by the planning team because of the proportion of teenagers now being convicted.

The focus for this year’s competitors was updated so that rather than emphasising performance skills, the stress would be on delivering a strong script and its ability to be staged. Entrants were asked to create an act that could be performed at school assemblies.

The finalists are teams from Ellesmere College, Linwood College, Kaikoura’s Pari Nui O Whiti Correspondence School and from the 2002 winning school Christ's College. The winning script will be taken around the region’s secondary schools next year and performed at assemblies by a troupe of professional actors.

Crashbash was set up by Christchurch Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD). It is now run by Christchurch City Council's Community Alcohol Action Project. This year’s judging panel includes the winning scriptwriter from Crashbash 2002, representatives from SADD and Playmarket and the Regional Secondary School Arts Coordinator.

News photographers and videographers are invited to get some shots at the technical rehearsal at 3pm on Friday. Each of the four performances is expected to run about seven minutes.

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