Christian theatre company encourages teenagers to leave knife crime behind in new play


Saltmine have performed a play version of John’s gospel in Christian Unions throughout the country and go to festivals such as Word Alive with plays based on the lives of John Newton and Martin Luther. 

Their latest play, Switch Up, will go into secondary schools and is accompanied by a workshop focusing on the issues of knife crime, gang violence and self-identity. 

Marcel White, the director, is an actor who has been working with Saltmine for three years.

He told Premier reducing knife crime is a topic he feels passionately about: “It’s really heartbreaking for me – really, really heartbreaking for a few reasons. When I became a Christian I had not long come out of that lifestyle.

“I myself didn’t necessarily carry a knife but I was around it all the time and it was something I really wanted to do actually – I wanted to carry a knife, I wanted to be a bad boy, I wanted to be someone.

“It’s where a lot of young people find their identity. So, to see young people dying at the cost of, what? A number on a road sign? Or colours or revenge?…It’s really heartbreaking”. 

Marcel White

Marcel White explained how addressing this issue had become a personal outworking of faith for him: “This is something that God has been speaking to me about, about how he’ll use me and actually send me into these communties…to talk to…

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