Theatre to ‘work through’ bullying
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.constablecare.org.au/about-us/trg