Black Rock hits hard

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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 ncharn­ 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.

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