Drama helps youngsters face issues
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.