Theatre to ‘work through’ bul­ly­ing

Eastern Reporter - - Opinion - Ac­tors Jack­son Wimhurst, Jessie McGinn and Jade Un­win.

CONSTABLE Care’s The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group has de­vised a pow­er­ful new theatre show aimed at teenagers, ad­dress­ing is­sues like cy­ber bul­ly­ing, vi­o­lence and de­pres­sion.

Cur­rently tour­ing high schools around WA, the piece en­ti­tled ‘Iso­la­tion’ in­volves four young ac­tors who act out re­sponses to so­cial sce­nar­ios young peo­ple face out­side the class­room.

The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group Arts and Ed­u­ca­tion devel­op­ment manager Danielle An­taki said the piece was ini­tially work­shopped with teenagers.

“We worked with three schools around the hills re­gion and with the drama de­part­ments there,” Ms An­taki said.

“The whole idea was to cre­ate a show to work through th­ese real sce­nar­ios that the kids had ex­pe­ri­enced.”

The per­for­mance is fol­lowed by a work­shop that en­cour­ages teenagers to pro­vide notes on the scene and ques­tion char­ac­ters’ be­hav­iour.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

“Fo­rum theatre is a per­fect tool for play­ing out real life sit­u­a­tions,” Ms An­taki said.

“It’s not a ‘how-to guide’ for deal­ing with bul­ly­ing, it’s about get­ting the young peo­ple to find the an­swers them­selves by re-work­ing the scenes.

“The show is very raw and nat­u­ral; the au­di­ence can re­late to the young act­ing team – not long ago they were in the same sit­u­a­tions.”

The The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group is East Perth-based Constable Care’s youth brand that works with high school stu­dents and young peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group visit www.con­sta­ble­­mu­ni­ d437824

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