Chelsea’s Story: Raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation (Second Screening)

Events — Exhibition LAB 003, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus East Road Cambridge CB1 1PT
24 November 2022, 12:00

‘Chelsea’s Story’ is our internationally renowned Applied Theatre Production that has proven highly successful in raising awareness around the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The play, which has now been seen by thousands of professionals and over 1 million young people throughout the UK, is followed by an actor facilitated post-show talk exploring the issues raised.

It tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a 15 year old girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, met a guy called Gary. Gary was kind, understanding, had a nice car, had his own flat and listened to her. Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be! Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea.

The play has been seen by over 1 million young people & thousands of professionals & has proven highly effective at covering:

  • What makes a Healthy Relationship
  • What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
  • Safe Internet Use/Sexting
  • What is Consent
  • The Grooming Process, Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing methods
  • Avoiding Victim Blaming
  • Where to go for help & advice


For adult audiences it also:

  • Raises Awareness of ‘The Warning Signs of CSE’
  • Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choices’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.

“AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea’s Story’ creatively tackles the issue of child sexual exploitation, exploring the different ways that young people can be drawn into abusive relationships and illustrating some of the consequences.”

– Nathalie Walters, former Chief Executive, Safe and Sound Derby

Following the production, a panel of academics will conduct a Q&A with the attendees.

Events are inclusive to all ARU students/staff.


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Chelsea’s Story: Raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation

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