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"...And we watch American men play with knives on the internet
Flicking, Spinning, Twisting...they say,
That, is a thing of beauty..."
Balisong is a story about Finlay Richards. A name that everyone at school knows. An average 15 year old boy who just wants to be seen. But you won't see Finn. You won't ever meet him. Balisong is a play written for schools as part of the No Knives Better Lives Programme promoting positive and active citizenship among young people when they become aware of a pupil carrying a knife.
Recommissioned twice, Balisong has toured schools in every local authority in Scotland. It was nominated for the Partnership Award at the Herald Society Awards and the Collaboration Award at the Creative Edinburgh Awards in 2018.
In the autumn of 2017 it toured 58 schools and was seen by 12,200 people.
From September 2018 to February 2019 the play visited secondary schools in every local authority across Scotland and was be seen by more than 22,000 pupils.