Two performers from Loudmouth theatre group presented a series of montages about bullying and gave advice about how to get help if students are affected by issues such as cyber bullying, racism or domestic violence.
Lily Horton and Rupi Lal from Loudmouth Theatre Company gave two presentations entitled Bully-4-U to students from Years 7 to 10. They focussed on different types of bullying, that affects all ages and both genders and the emphasis was on giving strategies and links to organisations that can help.
Lily said: ‘We portray lots of different scenes of bullying and show that it can happen to all ages and both genders. It highlights that everyone can be bullied and everyone can be a bully as well. We gave the students a chance to speak to two of the characters so they got to ask them questions and give them advice about their particular situation.’
Rupi added: ‘We tend to focus on attitudes and developing empathy, especially with things like homophobia. We try to help young people stay safe online as cyber bullying has been a massive issue over the last few years. We mention organisations that can help with issues such CEOP for cyber bullying, Stonewall and LGBT for homophobia as well as Childline, which is a major charity offering help and support. One of the messages is don’t be a bystander, be a friend to someone who is being bullied. Tell others and give them help and support.’