Crashing (CSE/ boys & young men)

Raising Awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation—Boys & Young Men

‘Crashing‘ tells the story of Eddie. At 15 years old he lost his mum to cancer, lost his dad to depression and ended up going absent and missing from home on a regular basis. On one of these occasions, whilst out drinking with his mates at the park, Eddie was approached by Michael. Michael was kind, good fun and owned a shop with an empty flat above it. He offered Eddie the chance to stay there whenever things at home were a bit rough, but unfortunately Michael had another agenda.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An innovative means of illustrating how CSE can happen to young men as well as young women. It was a brilliant presentation that had a significant impact and was educative and challenging for us all.

Secondary School PSHE Lead

The play has proven highly effective at covering:-

  • How Child Sexual Exploitation can – and does – happen to boys and young men
  • What makes a Healthy Relationship
  • What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
  • The Grooming process, Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing models & methods
  • Where to go for help and advice

For adult audiences it also:-

  • Raises awareness of the importance of acknowledging, identifying and referring male victims of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Raises awareness of the importance of making referrals based on warning signs and not on gender

Project Information

Running Time 60 minutes
Get In 1 hr
Get Out 30 mins
Cast Size 3
Performance Space 4m x 4m
Staging Ground Level – End On

We can perform the play for intimate audiences or to entire year groups at a time. All we need is a performance space roughly 4m x 4m and somewhere to plug in our sound system. The cast do not use mics so performance venues must be suitable for unamplified voices. The cast aim to arrive one hour before the show start time to set up and take about 30 minutes to pack down.

Target Audience

  • Young People (year 7+)
  • FE colleges
  • Parents, carers, teachers, police & professionals working with young people

Availability Sept ’23 to July ’24

Costs for academic year Sept 2023 to July 2024

  • £650+vat per show (AM or PM slots available)
  • Or you can book the whole day for £1200+vat and have up to 3 x performances in the day

Narrative Alchemy

Narrative Alchemy is one of the leading Applied Theatre & Film production companies in the UK. Our primary focus is creating positive change through the art of storytelling.

Our team collaborates with various organisations, including schools, colleges, charities, government bodies, the NHS, and private companies, to develop and deliver impactful productions. We explore topics such as safeguarding, cultural health, wellbeing, and social issues.

Our portfolio of work includes projects on child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, domestic abuse & coercive control, radicalisation & extremism, hate crime, knife crime, sexism & sexist behaviours, emotional resilience, internet safety, and diversity. By raising awareness and initiating conversations around these issues, we hope to contribute towards a better world.


To book or for further assistance, please call 0161 236 1448 to talk to our friendly team. Alternatively, fill in the enquiry form below and we’ll get back to you with availability in your area…