THE SAFE SCHOOLS PROJECT!
“Activists push taxpayer-funded gay manual in schools." - The Australian
“We are in the midst of a culture war. And vulnerable children are being used as cannon fodder.” - SMH.
“It’s changing school language, changing bathrooms — it’s changing the whole school environment.” - Daily Telegraph.
“Safe schools can save lives. Well, it could have saved lives if it wasn’t gutted by the Turnbull Government.” – The Project.
In 2014 the Abbott government committed a small amount of federal funding to an anti-bullying program known as “Safe Schools.” In 2016, the funding was scrapped, the program was investigated and a political storm brewed.
What sparked this reaction?
Who are the main players?
And WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!
Ashfield Youth Theatre will shine a magnifying glass on this storm, this policy and why there has been so much uproar. Using transcripts from Federal and State Parliaments, Media Articles, and the participants own experiences and opinions of “Safe Schools”, AYT will create a sizzling performance which will leave eyes opened and jaws dropped.
Part Debate, part school yard rules, totally entertaining.
This work will be directed by AYT Artistic Director, Felicity Nicol.
Felicity is an internationally trained director and a graduate of the NIDA Director’s Program.
The project will also involve assistance and movement direction by Aslam Abdus-Samad and political script analysis from Dr. Ian Zucker.
AYT is calling young actors, writers, devisers and young people with an interest in politics to help create this work which is sure to leave audiences divided.
For more information - head to our AYT PERFORMANCE page!