Funded by Northern Rivers Community Foundation, a wonderful donation from Cunning Stunts and the support of the Drill Hall Theatre this incredibly powerful play focuses on pressures that young people often face which can lead to suicidal ideation.
Byron Youth Theatre cast members and Director Lisa Apostolides connected with headspace Lismorer, Stand by response service, Run it Past Me, psychologist Peter Chown, Mindframe, Beyond Blue and Welfare Staff at each of our local high schools.
the full show, performed at the Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby on 9th and 10th December 2017
is a departure from the usual intense productions that Byron Youth Theatre create. However it still highlights some very important issues for young people in Year 7 and 8. Becoming aware of the nutritional value of food, the importance of regular exercise that you enjoy, limiting device time and reflecting on individual and social acceptance are all covered in this colourful production.
“We play around with a circus troupe’s and teenagers world colliding in a parallel universe which was a lot of fun!” shares Millie Harman who joined BYT this year.
” It was a really clever and entertaining way to get some great messages across to this year group” commented Head of Welfare at one local high school.
” I hope we get to see more productions. I really enjoyed it and it made me think about the importance and quality of friendships” Year 7 student.
BYT teamed up with Damon Gameau of That Sugar Film,
to provide a screening of the movie for the whole community at the Byron Community Centre before Treat Yourself went to schools.
Lisa Parkes of Ninja Play Academy Byron Bay and Leah Laureau of Byron Yoga Organic Retreat also joined the team to provide an obstacle course and motivational speech and fun yoga and mediation session for the young people.