Drug abuse, homelessness, violent gangs and knife crime were the themes of a Birmingham school's end-of-year play.
The production, Trash, was performed in front of pupils and parents at Queensbridge in Kings Heath.
It depicts the harrowing story of a 15-year-old girl who is homeless after running away and becomes involved with a heroin dealer.
The play also deals with the break-up of the girl's parents' marriage as they blame each other for their daughter's problems.
Director Katie Durham, who is head of performing arts at Queensbridge, said: "The play is hard-hitting, we don't hold anything back. The idea is to challenge people to start thinking.
"There is a character called Donovan, a local heroin dealer who has a gang of thugs protecting him. It ends with him being killed."
Teachers and pupils at the school went to great lengths to recreate the downbeat world of those living on the streets.
A "cardboard city", made up of old boxes, was set up on stage and members of staff dressed in rags to lend a more authentic feel.
Ms Durham defended the weighty topic of the musical, adapted from a Edinburgh Fringe Festival play by Chris Annett.
She said: "It is relevant because our students are inner-city kids. They travel in from Highgate and Balsall Heath.
"We recently had a theme day on empathy and how to encourage that. We try to challenge the stereotypes."