Touring school performing group Brainstorm Productions brought the show Sticks & Stones to Mudgee Public on Thursday to give the students a lesson in anti-bullying and anger management.
The performance covered the areas of bullying, aggression, impulse control, safety, social skills, self-esteem, respect, stop-think-do, resilience, empathy, assertiveness, and cooperation.
All packaged in a show featuring school-based scenarios, along with songs and acrobatics by the performers, followed up with a question and answer, recap session with the students in the audience.
Performers Michael Yore and Kieren Gromowski said the main messages they want the children to take away from the show is to come together and “find ways other than violence to solve your differences”.
“We’ve got the acrobatics and music to make it entertaining for the kids but the point we’re making about putting your energy together for something positive,” Kieren said.
“And we follow up the performance with a discussion to solidify the ideas with the kids,” Michael added.
The performance was booked by Mudgee Public as part of the school’s overall anti-bullying strategy.
Brainstorm Productions is Australia’s largest in-school touring theatre company, performing to over 350,000 primary and high school students every year.
They tour over 1,700 shows annually that tackle a range of issues affecting Australian students including bullying, cyber bullying, violence, under-age drinking, depression, eating disorders, family separation and discrimination.