With the Hunter region recording one of the highest rates of domestic violence across the state, Tantrum Youth Arts is trying to curb this trend by extending the reach of its innovative Opening Doors program to more students across NSW.
With the opening performance to be held at Swansea High School on Friday, 11 May 2018, the theatre-in-education performance will tour 20 schools across NSW over the next four months, thanks to funding support from Greater Charitable Foundation.
The program aims to educate and empower school students in years 9 to 12 with increased knowledge and understanding of the causes and impacts of domestic violence, and to acquaint them with the avenues of support available in their local communities.
Opening Doors is written and directed by Tantrum’s Producer, Tamara Gazzard, and has proven success in using the arts to engage and educate young people on this pervasive and concerning social issue.
“Opening Doors is structured in a unique way that consists of both live performance and an interactive discussion forum to engage students and instigate critical dialogue,” said Ms Gazzard.
“The discussion provides a platform for students to ask questions of a range of support services, including police and solicitors, and problem-solve how the fictional events in the performance can be resolved in the real world.”
Greater Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Anne Long, emphasised the importance of the program in bringing light and understanding to real-life issues and the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring more schools are able to access this crucial learning tool.
“We are proud to support Tantrum Youth Arts and its focus on improving the life outcomes of young people in need, which is something that resonates with the core values of our Foundation,” said Ms Long.
“Having previously been performed free-of-charge to more than 2000 students across 30 schools in the Hunter-Central Coast region, we are excited that our support has enabled six new schools in the region the chance to access the program this year, including Swansea High School.”
Following a formal application process in 2017, Swansea High School was one of the 20 schools in NSW selected to participate in the program. Other schools in the Hunter who are set to experience the program for the first time include Rutherford Technology High School, Dungog High School, Mount View High school and Kurri Kurri High School.
For further information on the program please visit www.tantrum.org.au.