Free live performances of Just Jump by Theatr na nÓg will once again highlight the dangers of entering unmonitored waters in their local areas.
The Theatr na nÓg production, commissioned by the Cardiff Harbour Authority, Associated British Ports and Arts & Business Cymru aims to arm young people with knowledge and insight to exercise good judgement around water safety.
Just Jump, originally commissioned by Cardiff Harbour Authority in 2017 won an Arts & Business Award for the Environment and has since toured schools in Cardiff. In 2021 it was made into a short film. Just Jump, was also shown free to classrooms across Cardiff and the Vale during lockdown with over 1000 views online.
Natalie Taylor, from The Cardiff Harbour Authority, said: “Tombstoning, or just entering unmonitored waters can be life threatening and sadly there have been a number of serious water-related incidents in Cardiff in recent years. The impact this theatre production has had on the young people who have seen it has been significant. That’s why Cardiff Harbour Authority is investing further, to make sure as many people see it as possible, it could potentially save lives.”
Tom Blumberg, Just Jump’s Director said: “As theatre producers for young people, with over 10,000 seeing our productions every year, we realise that we are in a privileged position where we can educate and inform as well as entertain.
“The dangers of open water are very real but knowing that over 1000 young people and teachers will have seen Just Jump makes me hopeful that we can make a difference, and through education, help save lives.”
Schools who visit the Norwegian Church in May and June have also been offered workshops by Cardiff Harbour Authority, including pond dipping led by David Bath. The workshops include opportunities to learn more about the ecology of Cardiff Bay, including discovering the island of Flat Holm.
Karen Flynn, Head Teacher of Hywel Dda Primary School, Ely, Cardiff said: “When we send our pupils off on their summer breaks, we want them to have fun, safely. A 45-minute production could help save lives by educating and informing of the dangers involved in unmonitored water.”
“I really see the value of education through the expressive arts and I truly think every school in Wales should take the opportunity to access live theatre.”
The free schools production can be seen at Cardiff Bay’s Norwegian Church 22 -25 May (and 5-8 June in Welsh), tickets available on Theatr na nÓg’s website.