Welcome to the access page for Birthday, a short film produced by Oldham Theatre Workshop in collaboration with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care partnership as part of a wider piece of work aimed at preventing alcohol harm in pregnancy. The engaging film and resources are aimed at young people to raise awareness of the harm caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy without alienating or stigmatising the target audience.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which can result in lifelong disabilities for children, including difficulties with speech, language, memory, attention, planning and decision-making. Recent prevalence research shows that FASD may affect up to 3.6% of children in Greater Manchester — that’s the equivalent of 1,238 children entering the education system each year in Greater Manchester requiring additional health and educational support https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.14705
You can access the free film and resources by filling in the short form below. After clicking submit, you will be sent an email containing a private link to the site. The educational resources include lesson plans designed to engage young people, stimulate conversations, and raise awareness, especially supporting curriculum teaching around relationships, sex education and health education.
“Pupils seemed to have really enjoyed the performance when asked, all in all, a positive experience. Thank you!” – Woodhey High School
“Staff and students said that they enjoyed it and glancing at the cards that were given out they have all learnt something from your production – so thank you!’ – Derby High
“My students and I really enjoyed the performance, and they got a lot out of it, both as drama students and as young people learning about their world. The quality of OTW performances are always really high and Birthday was no exception. Thank You.” – Saddleworth School
“GCSE Drama students just enjoyed this brilliant, thought-provoking performance. A big thank you to Oldham Theatre Workshop.”
“Big thank you to Oldham Theatre Workshop for their performance of Birthday providing an important message, and at the same time helping our GCSE Drama students who will be devising their own pieces.”