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Theatre production to address youth partying

May 12th, 2011
[Health Action Trust press release]

A safer-partying theatre production will play in Motueka as part of a tour of the top of the south, to encourage young people to make better choices around partying.

The "Choices" Safer Partying production was devised with the help of young people and is based on their stories and experiences. The stories were developed into a script, which will be played by 4 youth actors to schools and community audiences during May and June.

The ALAC-funded project was developed by HYPE-GS (Help for Young People at Events and in their Gathering Spaces) with support from Health Action Trust and the Public Health Service. HYPE-GS workers regularly see young people who are experiencing the negative effects of alcohol or other drug use, and they wanted to do something proactive about it.

"Choices" includes post-performance discussions to explore the consequences of partying, aiming to highlight these issues to young people and change negative outcomes into positive.

Parent and community showings will be held in some locations to help parents and caregivers to learn about youth partying issues, what they can do to support young people, and who can help. Parent sessions will provide: information about local services, resources to take away, and a chance to discuss issues in a supportive environment.

A "Choices" community showing for parents will be performed at the Motueka High School Library at 7.00pm on Thursday 26th May. Gold coin donations welcome. Other local showings will be in Nelson (6.45pm Wednesday 25th May at Nelson College for Girls), Golden Bay (7.00pm Friday 27th May at Golden Bay High School) and Richmond (7.00pm Thursday 2 June at Waimea College Hall).


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