A thirty minute performance communicates important information and facts about alcohol and shows the potential impact of underage drinking on; relationships with peers and adults; academic results and aspirations; anti-social behaviour and violence as well as accident and injury.
Following the performance a 30 minute interactive workshop engages students in discussion as they explore the facts further. Together the cast and students work through strategies for resisting peer influence and encourage them to make informed choices.
Teachers are encouraged to continue learning in the school classroom after the performance and are provided with supporting teacher resources and lesson plans.
Read the Smashed Outcomes Summary
In 2021 and 2022, SMASHED was reviewed by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research (NZCER). They found that the programme was highly valued by schools and reinforced information and social competency strategies covered in the classroom. Read the summary of findings
Life Education is supported by NZ Lottery Grants Board, The Tomorrow Project and other community funders to provide the SMASHED programme. The Tomorrow Project is a charity established in 2012 by NZ Brewers, NZ Wine Growers and NZ Distillers Association to support initiatives that promote responsible attitudes to alcohol consumption.