Drama helps young­sters face is­sues

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YOUNG peo­ple in all Ar­gyll and Bute sec­ondary schools have been ben­e­fit­ing from an in­no­va­tive and stim­u­lat­ing drama per­for­mance which helps them deal with im­por­tant is­sues in their lives.

The play, de­liv­ered by Raen­bows Pro­duc­tions called You are not alone is be­ing held around Ar­gyll and Bute to pro­mote ‘Smoke Free’ mes­sages to stu­dents in S3.

The pow­er­ful per­for­mance also uses com­edy in ad­dress­ing the is­sues of tak­ing nude pic­tures or hav­ing them on your phone; al­co­hol, be­ing gay and com­ing out, death and sui­cide, and self-harm.


The top­ics ad­dressed in the drama were iden­ti­fied as rel­e­vant by young peo­ple and staff work­ing with young peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute.

Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance there are work­shops sup­ported by staff from lo­cal ser­vices such as school nurs­ing teams, stop smok­ing staff, youth work, sex­ual health and cool2talk – an on­line health in­for­ma­tion ser­vice for young peo­ple 12-26.

The staff will help the stu­dents to work through the is­sues raised in the per­for­mance and work out the best way to re­solve the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by the char­ac­ters, a ques­tion-and -an­swer ses­sion is then of­fered to all the pupils to ask ser­vices any­thing they’d like to know. Part­ner­ship

Laura Stephen­son, se­nior health im­prove­ment spe­cial­ist for smok­ing ces­sa­tion and sex­ual health for Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: ‘We have worked in part­ner­ship with health staff, ed­u­ca­tion, youth ser­vice and teach­ers to pro­duce a rel­e­vant drama project and de­velop les­son plans which will sit along­side and sup­port the work of the per­for­mances so young peo­ple are in no doubt where to go for in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and sup­port when they are faced with th­ese chal­leng­ing life ex­pe­ri­ences.’

The per­for­mances have been tak­ing place dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber in all Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil sec­ondary schools, with Tober­mory and Tiree pupils at­tend­ing ones at Oban High School.

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