Anti-bullying performance makes school debut

Standing Out actors Stuart Hayward, Sammy James, Matteo Scannella and Trudi Mann.
Standing Out actors Stuart Hayward, Sammy James, Matteo Scannella and Trudi Mann.

WOODVALE Secondary College students were the first to experience Theatrical Response Group’s new anti-bullying performance Standing Out.

Theatrical Response Group is part of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, providing free interactive performances to Perth high schools that empower students to explore practical solutions to common adolescent issues.

Standing Out explores bullying and aggression, especially in regards to LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) students.

“Standing Out demonstrates the impact of homophobic bullying on youth mental health,” foundation chief executive David Gribble said.

“Our performances use interactive theatre, which means students get to come on stage and put themselves in the characters’ shoes.

“This encourages students to use problem solving and empathy to explore how they can be supportive to their peers.”

Woodvale teacher Patrina Cole said the performance was well received by students and teachers.

“The subject matter is very important and it was handled with great sensitivity,” she said.

“All students were engaged throughout and the feedback from all I spoke to was overwhelmingly positive.”

Standing Out was developed in consultation with the Youth Affairs Council of WA, Freedom Centre, Inclusive Education and Transfolk of WA.

Book a free performance by calling 9272 0000 or email education@cccsf.org.au.

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