In May 2005 Reeling & Writhing was commissioned by West Lothian Council’s Arts Education Service to make the play 'The Good Things'. 'The Good Things' is an interactive theatre experience that engages a P7/S1 audience in drugs related issues.
Actors help the audience to share knowledge and air their opinions about drugs related issues by, as young characters in the play, talking directly to the audience, asking for their opinions and advice about the drugs related scenarios those characters find themselves in (at a party, at work, at school, in the park, at home, with friends, with strangers).
This style of performance theatre allows the audience to make decisions on behalf of the characters and take an active role in determining the outcome of their actions. As with many other issue-related topics, this style of active learning revolves around understanding the concepts of 'choice and consequence' or 'cause and effect'.
We are pleased that this play was part of a network of drugs awareness learning involving West Lothian Police education department, National Choices for Life, the West Lothian network of School Nurses and West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Action teams.