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Philip Key's Arts Diary: McLennan's play doing rounds.

Byline: Philip Key

LIVERPOOL playwright Tom McLennan's latest play is on tour and playing before some very different audiences.

During the day it has been visiting schools and colleges, at night community centres and theatres.

The tour of Only a Kid Having a Kid has been sponsored by the Merseyside Health Action Zone.

They feel its story about teenage pregnancies is an important one, particularly as Merseyside has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Britain.

But the rate is going down. Even so, says Joan Brookman, Liverpool coordinator for the MHAZ project, there is more work to be done.

``We want to bring the issue home to as many young people as possible and a play like Only a Kid Having a Kid is an excellent way to do this.''

The play was first successfully performed at Liverpool's Unity Theatre and the tour is a result. But it's not a downbeat play, says writer McLennan, drama teacher at Broadgreen High School who has had other plays successfully produced.

``There is no point in depressing people or hitting them over the head with morality.

``Much better to make them think about situations they are likely to be in - if they have not been through them already.''

The play is at Liverpool's Valley Community Theatre, Netherley tonight and concludes its tour at the Liverpool Everyman on Thursday.


HARD-HITTING: Only a Kid Having a Kid is playing this week
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2003
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