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Touring Theatre Company Visits Schools 14 November 2006

BEHAVIOUR on buses comes under the spotlight when a visiting theatre company tours schools next week.

Driving Ms Daisy brings together a school’s worst behaved student and bus driver Dave, who is at the end of his tether after 20 years behind the wheel.

The production encourages a positive image of public transport among young people and focuses on responsible and respectful behaviour on journeys to and from school.

Performing Driving Ms Daisy is the Box Clever Theatre Company, with Victoria Daniels playing the title role and Gerald Fox playing Dave.

The production is written by Box Clever’s artistic director, Michael Wicherek.

The company performed The Buzz – aimed at improving behaviour in cars among 16 to 18-year-olds – in high schools two years ago.

Some 3,000 school and college students travel to school using school buses.

Department officials, together with those from the road safety unit of the Department of Transport and the police, recently travelled on some routes to see for themselves how pupils behaved.

Department of Education spokesman John Gill insisted there was no major problem with bad behaviour on buses but said there had been a couple of instances this year of items being thrown from buses at school crossing patrol officers.

There are also examples of young people standing up while buses are in motion and throwing objects around buses.

Mr Gill said:

‘One incident is one too many and we want to encourage good behaviour on buses.’

He added:

‘This is about improving behaviour and getting the message across that pupils’ actions on school buses could lead to accident or injury.’

Notes:

Box Clever performs to 70,000 youngsters a year at schools, colleges and theatres and tackles topics such as truancy, shoplifting and eating disorders. It focuses on new writing and encourages young people to actively participate in its projects.

A total of 1,200 students will see one of nine, 50-minute performances being staged at five schools from Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24.

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