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Liverpool's young people work with Wire actor

Sonja Sohn
Image caption Sonja Sohn said she had learnt a lot from her experiences in Liverpool

An actress from TV series The Wire has been working with young people to produce a Shakespeare play.

Sonja Sohn - Det Kim Greggs in the Baltimore drama in the US - joined Merseyside Community Theatre to bring Romeo and Juliet to the stage.

Through her organisation, ReWired for Change, Ms Sohn said aimed to undo the gang mentality that rules in The Wire.

She said she was "thrilled" to meet the people of Liverpool.

Young people involved in the latest project, from the city's Croxteth area, will showcase their talents at their local fire station in August, under the guidance of local charity The Reader Organisation and Ms Sohn.

'Swapping stories'

Ms Sohn added: "When I met Jane Davis - the founder of the Reader Organisation - we spent hours getting to know one another and swapping stories of our experiences working in deprived communities.

"I was impressed by Jane's passion and level of commitment to those The Reader Organisation serves and am delighted to participate in an event which supports such important work."

The Reader Organisation co-ordinates the Merseyside Community Theatre and aims to change the outlook of young people in deprived communities across the city.

Ms Sohn's ReWired for Change has similar ambitions in the US as it helps at-risk young people to gain confidence and improve their standard of life.

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