Video - Fatal Distraction Opera

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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About the Fatal Distraction Opera

Hundreds descended on the Crewe Lyceum Theatre last week for a ‘Fatal Distraction’ opera - a moving and challenging performance devised by Cheshire students working alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

The piece, which also featured a cameo appearance by Crewe’s White Watch and the Cheshire Fire Choir, was the third collaboration between the orchestra and the Service.

‘Fatal Distraction’ was all about educating young drivers about the dangers that exist on our roads.  The project involved Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and four groups from Warrington Collegiate, Riverside College, UCE Academy and South Cheshire College working with a Camerata composer, dramatist and musicians to write a piece, which explored the causes and consequences of road traffic collisions.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mark Cashin said: “The event was a great success and it was wonderful to see how the young people had worked so hard to create a brilliant performance and a truly special event. It has been a real privilege to once again work in partnership with the Manchester Camerata to create yet another impressive performance. It is a terribly stark statistic that the single biggest cause of accidental deaths in young people remains the road traffic accident. A major contributor to this is people being distracted at the wheel. All the young people involved in the piece were at that age where they had either just passed their driving test or are taking lessons. Therefore, we really hope that the messages they have explored in the creation of the piece stay with them and ultimately keep them and their friends safe.”

In addition to Crewe White Watch, firefighters from Warrington, Widnes and Chester also gave presentations on road safety to the students to help inform the piece they created.

Projects such as ‘Fatal Distraction’ is all about education and enabling the Service to promote safety in an innovative way, and by doing so have a positive impact on the Service’s aim of a Cheshire where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires and other emergencies.

Funding for this project was provided by Cheshire Fire Authority, the Philip Barker Trust and Arts Council England.

View photographs taken during the Fatal Distraction opera (opens in new window)