Black Rock hits hard
DRAMA students of Mossman State High School are presenting a controversial play highlighting the issues of underage drinking, sexual assault, peer pressure and why community members need to look out for one another.
Black Rock is based on the true story of a 14-yearold girl trying to fit in among her peers, who attends an unsupervised party at the beach where she gets drunk and asks for help to get home but is instead raped and murdered by a partygoer.
“The play is about the feelings of all the characters (her peers) who are left, the theme of the play is one party, one witness and no one’s talking,” school nurse Wendy Fry said.
The play has been rated MA because of the confronting nature and it is recommended any student under 15 attend with a parent or carer.
“The play is part of the Year 11 students’ curriculum, they did not have to perform it for the
fellow community but they want to do it,” Ms Fry said.
“It is to raise awareness of the issue because these issues are in every community and people have a choice to speak up against this behaviour.”
Principal Deborah Kachel is supportive of the students’ message.
“They feel young people should know about these things and be informed - the better educated we are about being safe ourselves and also care for others is important,” she said.
“The content can be quite confronting but I guess it reflects real life and we have to educate people about that.
“The main thing is making people aware of individual safety and looking after their friends.
“Even if they’re a bystander we have a social responsibility to care for each other and keep each other safe.”
There is no entry fee for the performance, which will be held at Mossman State High School on Friday, November 4, from 7pm.
Sexual assault councillor Najet Charnley will be attending, along with social workers and counsellors for support, and you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or 4031 6017.
For help or advice, call the Queensland sexual assault helpline on 1800 010 120 (between 7.30ammidnight any day) or contact Helpline (24 hour service) on 13 11 14.
For more information about the play call the school on 4084 1333.