‘Chelsea’s Choice’

On Friday 11th March our Year 8 Students were invited to watch a play called ‘Chelsea’s Choice’, performed by Alter Ego Creative Solutions; a touring production company who deliver workshops and training to Schools, Councils and many other institutions. The play which featured ex- Icknield student Oriana Charles in the lead role, was an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child exploitation.

The play aims to give the audience a better understanding of the devastating impact these themes can have on a young person’s life and provides students with some skills and knowledge which they can put into place.

The play which has been seen by more than 410,000 young people and hundreds of professionals has proven highly effective in;-

  • Raising awareness of Healthy Relationships
  • Promoting Safe Internet Use
  • Identifying Risky Situations
  • Raising Awareness of the Grooming Process & the differing forms that it can take
  • Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing forms that it can take
  • Sign- posting relevant services

'Chelsea's Choice'

The 40 minute production tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary. Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult. Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be! Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.

Following the powerful performance Ex- Student Oriana spoke about her return to Icknield;

“It was an amazing experience! It was lovely to get the chance to go back to a place filled with lots of fun memories and have the chance to perform to the students, especially because not too long ago it would have been me sitting in the audience. The play carries such an important message and I am truly happy that students across Luton have a chance to see it, and learn how to stay safe when it comes to child exploitation. My brother will be heading to Icknield high school next year, and knowing that the school offers performances like ours just shows that Icknield will be looking out for his well- being, safety and happiness, just like they did for mine. Thank you for having me and the whole team into Icknield, we had such a lovely day!”

The play was a very worthwhile experience for the students and teachers involved. We hope to welcome the production team back again in the future for another thought provoking performance.