Per­for­mance on drugs de­buts

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

STU­DENTS at Wan­neroo Sec­ondary Col­lege’s Joon­dalup cam­pus were the first to ex­pe­ri­ence a new an­tidrug per­for­mance.

The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group, as part of the Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion, pre­miered Candy Shop on Fe­bru­ary 13, which ex­plores the risks and rea­sons be­hind il­licit sub­stance abuse and en­cour­ages stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with the ac­tors to de­vise so­lu­tions.

“Stu­dents watch a per­for­mance which ends in an ad­verse out­come,” Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said.

“They then have a chance to get up on stage and play out their sug­ges­tions for how the char­ac­ters could have avoided their sit­u­a­tion and sought help.

“This em­pow­ers them to ex­plore prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions and re­sponses to com­mon youth is­sues.”

Mr Grib­ble said WA had the high­est rate of metham­phetamine use in the coun­try.

“Even more alarm­ingly, a 2013 Aus­tralian Drug Foun­da­tion study found that 2.9 per cent of Aus­tralian chil­dren aged be­tween 12 and 17 had tried meth,” he said.

“Drug abuse can cause im­mea­sur­able dam­age to young peo­ple’s men­tal and phys­i­cal health.”

Candy Shop was de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with School Drug Ed­u­ca­tion and Road Aware and was in­spired by a 12-week in­ten­sive The­atri­cal Re­sponse Group pro­gram at Bel­mont City Col­lege.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Ac­tors Lach­lan Stew­art, Peter Townsend, Courtney Turner and Na­dia Collins in Candy Shop. d479395

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