New sexual consent play for secondary schools to launch on Monday

The premiere of a new sexual consent education play, which is to be rolled out for secondary schools across Ireland as part of the Active* Consent for School Communities programme, will take place at the University of Galway’s O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance on Monday, 24th October, at 10.00am.

The play is titled ‘How I Learned About Consent’ and it uses the format of drama and features a cast of actors to educate senior cycle students in ways to navigate positive and negative sexual scenarios they or their friends may encounter or experience, in an age-appropriate manner. 

The narrative of the play tackles topics ranging from sex education in schools, image-based sexual abuse, gender and sexual identities, to supporting a friend following a negative sexual experience.

The play will be premiered before a live audience of students and teachers from a number of secondary schools.

The play will also be performed on Monday, 24th October at 1.00pm and on Tuesday, 25th October at 10.00am and 1.00pm.

Interview Opportunities

The following spokespeople are available for interview via Alice PR & Events (subject to different days and times):

  • Dr Siobhán O’Higgins, Active* Consent programme lead and secondary schools programme outreach coordinator.
  • Dr Padraig MacNeela, Active* Consent programme lead.
  • Dr Charlotte McIvor, Active* Consent programme lead and director-creator of ‘How I Learned About Consent’.
  • Gavin Friel, actor and research assistant for project; created impact surveys for play with Active* Consent team.
  • Second-level teachers and former pupils who have worked with Active* Consent are available for interview on request via Alice PR.

Members of the media wishing to attend Monday’s premiere at 10.00am, or any of the other performances on Monday or Tuesday, are asked to contact Maise Lynch or Emily Brennan from Alice PR on the contact details below.

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