Chelsea’s Choice


speechbubble AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person's life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse. speechbubbleright

– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Chelsea’s Choice’ is a hard-hitting Applied Theatre Production that has proven highly successful in raising awareness of the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation.  The play, which has now been seen by hundreds of professionals and over 410,000 young people throughout the UK,  is followed by a Q&A/plenary session exploring the issues raised.


The play tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea.  Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary.  Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult.  Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be!  Chelsea's story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher,  attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.


The production can be targeted at three different groups:-

  • Young people (aged 12+)
  • Parents, carers, teachers & professionals working with young people
  • The Police & The CPS


The play has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective in:-

      • Raising Awareness of Healthy Relationships
      • Promoting Safe Internet Use
      • Identifying Risky Situations
      • Raising Awareness of The Grooming Process & the differing forms that it can take
      • Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing forms that it can take
      • Sign-posting relevant services


For adult audiences it also:-

      • Raises Awareness of ‘The Warning Signs of CSE’
      • Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choices’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.


speechbubble Raising young peoples’ awareness of child sexual exploitation is key in helping to prevent them from becoming victims of this crime.  AlterEgo’s safeguarding drama, ‘Chelsea’s Choice’, does this by creatively tackling the issue of child sexual exploitation, exploring the different ways that young people can be drawn into abusive relationships and illustrating some of the consequences. speechbubbleright

- Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive, Safe and Sound Derby 

AlterEgo are proud to be members of The NWG Network


Recent tours, one-off shows, training days and conference performances have been commissioned by:-

  • Lincolnshire LSCB
  • Oxfordshire LSCB
  • Cambridgeshire LSCB
  • Gloucestershire LSCB
  • Dorset LSCB
  • City of London Police
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Sunderland Council
  • Devon LSCB
  • Coventry LSCB
  • Staffordshire LSCB
  • Wokingham LSCB
  • Slough LSCB
  • Northampton LSCB
  • Camden LSCB
  • Brighton & Hove LSCB
  • Surrey Police Force
  • Surrey County Council
  • Northamptonshire Police Force
  • Stoke LSCB
  • Peterborough LSCB
  • West Berks LSCB
  • Thames Valley Probation
  • NWG Network
  • Safe & Sound Derby
  • Croydon LSCB
  • Knowsley LSCB
  • Shropshire LSCB
  • Liverpool LSCB
  • Leicestershire LSCB
  • Cambridgeshire LSCB
  • Barnardos (Hampshire)
  • Barnardos (Middlesbrough)
  • Swindon LSCB
  • Reading LSCB
  • Buckinghamshire LSCB
  • Herts Aid
  • Tamworth Police Crime Commissioner
  • Bracknell Forest LSCB
  • HertsAid (Hertfordshire)
  • NHS England
  • Waltham Forest LSCB
  • South Tyneside LSCB
  • Solihull Youth Service
  • St Helens Council
  • Norfolk LSCB

Show Title  Chelsea's Choice

Author  Sean McGrath

Running Time  40 mins

Post Show 20 mins

Get In  1 hr

Get Out  30 mins

Cast Size  4

Performance Space  4m x 4m

Staging  Ground Level – End On