A GROUP of Ballarat teens will perform a hard-hitting play next week, focusing on tough subjects like cyber-bullying and suicide.
The nine teenagers aged between 15 and 17 have teamed up with performance company Mad Swan, to deliver Chatroom, written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh.
“Cyber bullying is a big issue everywhere. There is not a school where this doesn’t happen to students,” 16-year-old Rachael Shelton said.
Cyber bullying is a big issue everywhere.- Actor Rachael Shelton, 16
“Putting the word out about how dangerous it can be is really important.”
Chatroom tells the story of a young student named Jim who is bullied by his brothers. He seeks help from other young people online, only to be encouraged by these people to become a martyr and commit suicide.
The performances conclude with a panel discussion with Headspace and Ballarat Community Health.
Chatroom will be performed at the Post Office Box Theatre in Camp Street from June 15 to 18. Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/LLWF
Lifeline is available at 131 114 or via www.lifeline.org.au
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