The impact on the community from knife crime is being brought to the stage through a drama by former Eastenders writer Deborah Cook.

The production, 'It’s About Your Son', features actors from Nayland and Great Waldingfield and is part of Colchester Creative Partnership's monthly First Thursdays festival.

The performance will take place on March 7 from 6pm to 7pm at Firstsite Studio.

This drama, first performed to young people as part of last year’s 'Knife Angel' sculpture event, addresses the real-world impact of knife crime on individuals, families, and communities.

East Anglian Daily Times: The show talks about the impact of knife crime on family and communities The show talks about the impact of knife crime on family and communities (Image: Paul Starr)

Updated content has made this play suitable for people aged 11 and above.

Actor Sara-Jane Derrick, said: "I’m so pleased to be working again with Little Two Theatre Company on this rewarding piece of theatre.

"As a mum with a teenage daughter, the subject matter is extremely relevant, and I’m pleased to be bringing this message to my local area.”

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Chelsie Lockwood, another actor from the area, said: "After training at Fourth Monkey in London and being shortlisted for the Spotlight Prize, it’s great to be back home in Sudbury and working on this show.

"It's such an important story to tell and I’m glad to be one of the voices involved."

This performance is just one among many in the First Thursdays festival programme.

East Anglian Daily Times: The show features actors who live locally The show features actors who live locally (Image: Paul Starr)

Cameron Abbott-Betts, the festival's producer, said: “Feedback from the public, artists and host venues has already been very positive.

"There’s the feeling that First Thursdays is not only a way of helping our local creative industries to thrive, but also helping Colchester’s hospitality industry and visitor economy, through increased public footfall."

The First Thursdays festival programme also includes visual art, poetry, theatre, dance, and music, all taking place on March 7.