Shadowboxing to visit Girrawheen and Wanneroo schools


Ella Hetherington and Brendan Ewing in Shadowboxing.
Ella Hetherington and Brendan Ewing in Shadowboxing.

THE risks and implications of social media are explored in a play being performed to Girrawheen and Wanneroo high school students this month.

A Black Swan State Theatre Company production, Shadowboxing will head to Girrawheen Senior High School and Wanneroo Secondary College as part of its schools and regional communities tour.

Written by, and starring, Perth performer Ella Hetherington, it follows characters Cat and Benj (Brendan Ewing) as they struggle to reconcile their online identities and friendships in the world of Shadow with those of the real world.

“In a lifetime, we make 396 friendships but only 33 stand the test of time,” Hetherington said.

“Out of the 33, only six are considered to be close friends while the 27 are social friends.

“Best friends are not those one sees most often but those one thinks of most.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Girrawheen performance was being staged via a grant from the City’s community funding program.

“I am extremely proud the City was able to support the production that celebrates the arts while being educational, and encourages young people to be authentic when using social media,” she said.

Shadowboxing aligns with current social issues, the school curriculum, connects the community and taps into one of society’s biggest social concerns: the way young people engage online.”