Tring play’s important message to young people

Hector Stringer
Hector Stringer

A PLAY being staged in memory of a teenager who took his own life aims to send a message to young people that there is always someone to turn to.

Teechers, at The Court Theatre in Tring from June 27 to 30, is dedicated to 18-year-old Hector Stringer and will raise money for a bursary in his name at Theatre Is to support young people in the arts.

Director Donna Wright said: “Hector’s family were involved in The Tring Arts Trust and his dad Robert was chairman for five years so we wanted to acknowledge their support by dedicating the play to Hector.”

The play, about three school pupils forming a bond with a drama teacher who ignites their passion for the stage, has links to Hector’s own life.

Donna explained: “He wasn’t academic but was an extremely talented musician so it’s about students like him who hate school.

“We want them to know that there is something for everybody, and if you are struggling there is always someone to turn to.

“That’s how it should have been for Hector. It’s about learning that lesson before it happens again.”

The trailer for the show has been published on Dee TV’s website and features Hector’s teachers from Tring School giving amusing anecdotes about what he used to get up to in class.

Tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday night performances have been discounted to encourage youngsters to go along.

Hector’s suicide on April 20 last year was a tragic shock to his parents Robert and Belinda, who described it as ‘a moment of madness’.

Robert said: “We are really touched. It’s a big message to get across.

“We will never know what made Hector take his life but what we don’t want to happen is to hear that someone else has done it.”