Cheap Thrills

Student Wellbeing Program

This Program is:

Not Currently Touring

A highly engaging one-man show for high school students that addresses risk-taking, substance use, resilience, mental health and choices. Supported by a Q&A and curriculum-aligned classroom resources.

This fast-paced live performance is about that split second when we reach a crossroad, make a choice, take a risk and possibly change our lives forever. It looks at the potential impact of our choices on wellbeing and mental health.

Andy and his friends binge drink, use cannabis and are confused by the hormones racing around their bodies. His girlfriend has access to MDMA and his sister takes risks on social media. This dangerous cocktail explodes into one dramatic incident that results in the loss of his mate Jamie.

The actor takes us on Andy’s journey, skillfully portraying the people in his life and their individual struggles. Andy uses substances to cope with stress and anxiety, as he tries to come to terms with the choices he has made. He discovers the best decision of all is to stand up, ask for help and take responsibility for his actions.

Each high school program includes:

Cheap Thrills Resilience Program Covers:

The Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities (Personal & Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Critical & Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding, Literacy), HPE, The Arts, English, Respect Matters Curriculum Connection.

NSW: PDHPE, Creative Arts, English. 

VIC: Drama, Critical & Creative Thinking, English, Ethical Capability, HPE, Civics & Citizenship, Intercultural Capability, Personal & Social Capability.

Also supports: The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, The National Education Initiative (Be You), National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools & Pastoral Care. Supports Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), and other programs that promote student wellbeing, anti bullying, behaviour management, resilience, mental health and positive relationships in schools.

What sort of venue do we need?

An indoor venue with access to electricity.  There is no need for any special theatre style venue as the show works best in an open space, with students seated on the floor. A school hall or gym is ideal but we can also use triple classroom areas, libraries etc.  Unfortunately due to WHS we cannot use outdoor areas. If you have an unusual venue and would like to discuss it with us please contact our team on 1800 676 224.

What is the cost and how does the minimum fee structure work?

Our maximum audience size for this performance is 250. The cost is $8.50 per student (+GST) with a minimum fee of $935 (+GST) applying when less than 110 students attend. Our office will email you a tax invoice after the show, based on the number of students that attended.   

What provisions do you have in place for supporting child safety and wellbeing?

We are a Child Safe Organisation and comply with all aspects of Child Protection and screening in each state and territory. We have Risk Assessments in place and all our actors are trained in WHS, appropriate behaviour in schools, dealing with student disclosures and providing appropriate help-seeking information. Scripts have been researched and developed in consultation with teachers and a Clinical Psychologist.

What will the actors need on the day?

The actors will arrive one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance time to sign in and access the venue. The shows are performed on the floor (preferably NOT a stage), no chairs please. They have all their own equipment.

For more information please go to our FAQ page, or call us on:

1800 676 224

Please Note: This performance contains references to a motor vehicle accident, loss of life, alcohol/drug use and mental health issues. Teachers please contact us to discuss if you have any concerns about this content. Mental health references are followed up with relevant help-seeking information and are informed by Mindframe’s guidelines for portraying mental ill-health on stage and screen.


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Tour Dates

This program is:

Not Currently Touring