Children learn 999 drill from ‘sick’ comedy show

Morecambe schoolchildren enjoyed a comedy production teaching them how to use NHS services more appropriately.
Morecambe schoolchildren enjoyed a comedy production teaching them how to use NHS services more appropriately.

Schoolchildren from across the district learned the difference between ‘big sick’ and ‘little sick’ from a fun comedy performance teaching them when to dial 999.

The Beggars Theatre teamed up with Better Care Together to put on the comedy production called ‘SICK’.

The performers used stories and songs along with interactive games to engage with theaudience, made up of school children and their teachers.

The performance involved inviting the pupils onto the stage and asking them to decide if an illness was a ‘big sick’ (when anambulance needs called) or a little sick (something that can be treated at home such as a cold).

Lisa Newton, year three teacher at Westgate Primary School in Morecambe said:“The children all really enjoyed the performance and were talking about it and singing the songs all the way back to school and for the rest of the day.

“We talked with the children afterwards about what they had learnt and they were able to tell us loads so it was clearly aworthwhile trip out.”

Adam, year four pupil at Scotforth primary school in Lancaster said: “It was awesome and funny”.

The children left the theatre singing the catchy songs from the show reiterating the effectiveness of educating children in this way.