“On Heroin” Theatrical Performance Draws Large Crowds in Termez

“On Heroin” Theatrical Performance Draws Large Crowds in Termez

CHF International, Counterpart International and Population Services International in cooperation with the Youth Charter Action Committee in Termez organised four performances of the dramatic performance “On Heroin” at the Termez Puppet Theatre on 17-18 January.

The drama highlights the major problems and situations leading to increasing drug use among Central Asian youth, the Counterpart International said on Tuesday.

In the framework of the USAID-funded Community Action Investment Programme (CAIP) and the Drug Demand Reduction Programme (DDRP), CHF International, Counterpart International and Population Services International in cooperation with the Youth Charter Action Committee in Termez staged four performances of the performance “On Heroin” in Termez city.

Approximately 1,100 people attended the four performances over the two-day period, exceeding the seating capacity of 1,000. Although tickets for the performance were free, the Termez Youth Charter Action Committee collected donations, which will be used to conduct anti-drug awareness and educational activities in the Surkhandarya region.

“On Heroin” was created, produced and is performed by a group of young people from the Tashkent Youth Power Centre – none of whom are professional actors. The play is based on the real-life stories of drug users and the people around them. The stories depicted in the play were recorded during interviews with people from the Chilanzar district of Tashkent – the location of the YouthPowerCenter. This innovative method allowed the Youth Power Experimental Theater Project to create a play that accurately reflects the difficulties that youth face in their everyday lives.

The dramatic performances are designed to be both educational and entertaining. At the beginning of the play, the actors communicate a litany of facts and statistics detailing the dangers and prevalence of drug abuse. Following all performances, the actors, many who have been affected by drug abuse by those close to them, hold a question and answer session for audience members. The play’s brochure also contains questions and answers concerning drug abuse.

The Community Action Investment Programme was a three-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The programme focused on establishing democratic development systems in 72 communities in Southern Uzbekistan, where it was implemented by CHF International in partnership with Counterpart International. CAIP worked at the community level to develop democratic community leadership by assisting community members to improve local infrastructure and create jobs. More than 700,000 community members participated and benefited from CAIP.