Terriers
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Join us this summer for a double bill of the acclaimed gun and gang crime play Terriers followed by the World Premiere of Terriers 2 - Eve's Story.

Terriers was originally commissioned by Merseyside Police in 2008 using partnership funding, and to date over 180,000 young people from secondary schools across Merseyside have seen the play and studied the primary and secondary educational packages. Written by Maurice Bessman and directed by Miriam Mussa, the show has been used by Merseyside Police as a way of reaching young people.

Terriers

What do you do when you're fifteen and live on an estate where you get street cred for being in a gang? What do you do when you've got the chance of a decent future but the pull of the gang is too strong? And what are you going to do when one of the gang passes you a gun and tells you, honour is at stake, use the gun to show you're one of us?

Aldo is bright, witty, and a gifted sportsman. His family has high hopes for him, but he's having a tough time trying to break away from his mates who want him to be in his local gang, The Terriers.

Terriers explores the immense pressure Aldo, and boys like him, are under from gang mates. The play throws up the moral dilemmas and life changing decisions that some young boys and girls have to make.

Terriers 2 - Eve's Story

Eve has always been popular. With her infectious smile and lively personality she could be the most popular and successful girl in school, but she doesn't always turn up. The reason is simple. She thinks there are more important things happening. However, she's vulnerable, nave and has a real difficulty telling the good from the bad. She's made a promise to be a better person but that's easier said than done.

Eve's Story looks at the impact that life in a gang or on its fringes can have on young girls. With a growing rep for being tough and unshakeable Eve tries not to let the pressure show but she is becoming desperate to get back to safety, stability and happiness. Can she find a way out?

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