Verbal Combat

Resilience & Anti Bullying Program

only available 2025

An educational theatre performance for high schools that explores online safety, bullying, group dynamics and the role of bystanders. Supported by a Q&A and curriculum-aligned teacher resources.

This theatre in education program explores the complex dynamics that emerge within peer groups and the harmful impacts of (cyber)bullying.

The performance depicts the challenges students face, as they try to find their place in the social world. Some will get caught up in rumours and bullying, while others try to maintain power and control.

When schoolyard issues spill over into the online space, some students are left feeling hurt, embarrassed and confused.

A cleverly crafted narrative gives strategies for reporting, help-seeking, restitution, empathy and compassion. Students are encouraged to examine their own behaviour and create more respectful environments at school and online.

Verbal Combat is designed to stimulate discussion and complement the wellbeing and anti bullying strategies already in place at your school. Brainstorm Productions is endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider.

Each high school program includes:

Verbal Combat Anti Bullying Program Covers:

The Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities (Personal & Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Critical & Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding, ICT Capability, Literacy), HPE, The Arts, English, Digital Technologies, Online Safety & Respect Matters Curriculum Connections.

NSW: PDHPE, Creative Arts, English. 

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

Also supports: The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, Best Practice Framework for Online Safety Education, eSafety Toolkit for Schools, The National Education Initiative (Be You), National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools & Pastoral Care. Supports Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), eSmart Schools, and other programs that promote student wellbeing, anti bullying, behaviour management, resilience, cyber safety, 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


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Performed at your school

Tour Dates


Sydney area, including Blue Mountains, Newcastle, Central Coast & Wollongong

Currently Touring

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