Educating youth about the dangers of underage drinking
In 2019 SMASHED was performed to over 20,450 students, that's over a third of New Zealand's year nine students! With interruptions to our 2020 tour caused by lockdown, we were still able to reach over 10,500 in our second year, visiting 50 schools from Whangarei to Dunedin.
Smashed Project impact
Participants complete pre and post questionaires enabling evaluation of the impact of our programme on student knowledge, awareness, attitudes and intention.
Smashed project tour diary
Meet our SMASHED team, find out what they have enjoyed about the tour, and get some insights on the performance and workshop from students at Palmerston North Boys High and Aquinas College.
Watch more videos about SMASHED here.
A Snapshot of news articles
- Wellington Emergency Doctor explains the state of young drunk people when they arrive at hospital - Seven Sharp
- Theatre used as a tool to help year 9 students counter peer pressure to drink alcohol - One News
- Theatre-based campaign which educates students on underage drinking comes to the Bay of Plenty - Bay of Plenty Times
- Play on underage drinking provides 'wake-up call' for Feilding teenagers - Manawatu Standard
- Smashed - theatrical approach to underage drinking influencing young and old - Gisborne Herald
- Helping students deal with peer pressure to drink alcohol - Education Central
Feedback from schools
"A huge thank you for the visit we had on Friday from those gloriously talented young actors. Tanya, Gabriel and Zak were friendly, professional and really engaging with the students and staff. I saw the SMASHED performance and loved the format of 1/2 performance and 1/2 workshop. The staff present, including our principal, guidance counsellor and health nurse, all said they thought the topics were relevant and well suited to our students. Please could you pass on to those three how appreciative we were of their delivery and we would welcome them back anytime. Thanks also for your organisation and for the resources you have provided for us. Keep us in mind for next year's visit.” - Annie Macfarlane - HOD Health, Tamatea High School
“The interactive production was an opportunity for our pupils to actively problem solve, see their solutions acted out then have discussion points to reflect, re-examine and re-enact. It was fast paced, engaging and an honest scenario for teenagers in Aotearoa. Post discussion opportunities were open, frank and provided us time to reiterate the importance of aroha, whanau and choice.” - Year 9 Dean of St Bernard’s College, Paulina Watson
"The performance was entertaining and engaging and addressed some important issues surrounding our tamariki as they grow. Students were buzzing about the performance throughout the day and continued to engage in conversations about the characters and their actions". - Assistant Principal, Upper Hutt College, Stephen Rodger
“Over the course of my 20 year teaching journey I have viewed many performances that do not hit the mark. Smashed was relevant , engaging and "Kiwi". To be able to engage an audience of 200 Year 9 and 10 boys for an afternoon speaks wonders and. I thought the performance was fantastic. The actors were professional, approachable and a credit to your organisation.” - Tony Basile, Year 9 Dean of Francis Douglas Memorial College