Candy Shop: Wanneroo Secondary College’s Joondalup campus hosts first performance of new anti-drug show


Candy Shop actors Lachlan Stewart, Peter Townsend, Courtney Turner and Nadia Collins. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479395
Candy Shop actors Lachlan Stewart, Peter Townsend, Courtney Turner and Nadia Collins. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479395

STUDENTS at Wanneroo Secondary College’s Joondalup campus were the first to experience a new anti-drug 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.

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