According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research there were close to 30,000 domestic violence incidents reported in NSW alone last financial year. This issue also impacts more than one million children who are exposed to domestic violence.
Additionally, the 2013 National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health showed that 54% of Australian teenagers are involved in sexting, making this an important and difficult issue for our high schools.
Tantrum Youth Arts is the leading professional youth arts company in the Hunter region . Tantrum Youth Arts create new, innovative and inclusive contemporary performing arts projects that engage, celebrate and support young people in the Hunter. They run a large number of workshops and programs in partnership with schools, community groups and service providers dealing with specific needs and social issues.
Our funding will support Tantrum Youth Arts to deliver their successfully piloted theatre-in-education experience, Opening Doors, to year 10 students across the Central Coast and Hunter region in 2016.
Opening Doors is an interactive theatre experience that aims to inform and empower young people with accurate legal information on the issues of domestic violence and sexting through the engaging medium of live performance.
Counsellors and legal service providers will be available to provide support and information for students both during and after the performance.
Opening Doors employs emerging professional actors from Tantrum as performers. The show is unique in that while it has a central narrative, is also allows the audience to ask questions and to interact with the actors as well as with a real solicitor and police officer who feature in the performance.
Approximately 2000 young people aged 15-17 years in 10 high schools across the Central Coast and Hunter region will attend the Opening Doors production in terms two and three, 2016.
"The play really kept the focus of our students. The interactive component is great. The way our students interacted with actors and support services shows how the presentation clearly stimulated our students thoughts and ideas. Very worthwhile. Thank you so much."
Teacher, Swansea High School
"This play can help people to understand what it's like to go through something like this, and to say there are people out there to help."
Student, Swansea High School
For more information visit www.tantrum.org.au or check out the video below: