Student Wellbeing Program
Educational theatre that looks at choices, mental health and the consequences of risk taking and substance abuse.
This fast-paced one-man show 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.
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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.
Brilliant, realistic, clever, captivating! Subtly offered facts, positive choices and consequences! Great Q&A and emotional connection with the students. 10/10.
St Francis Xavier College, Florey
Awesome! Unique! 100% engagement! Real life scenarios: peer pressure, decision-making, parties, risk-taking and mental health. 10/10
Whitebridge High School
Perfect! Entertaining, informative, relevant, very worthwhile! Highly recommended! 10/10.
Sylvania High School
Highly recommended! Really powerful! Made a big impression!
Entertaining, funny, informative! Confronting and really expressed the harsh effects of drugs, alcohol and taking risks. 10/10.
Extremely impressed. Keeping a big crowd of teenagers engaged and entertained whilst delivering an important message is no mean feat! What an impressive performer - I myself was rapt throughout the whole show! One of my teaching subjects is Health and I thought the way the messages about risky behaviour were conveyed were brilliant. I can’t honestly praise the actor enough! Thank you and keep up the fantastic work you guys are doing!
Banksia Park International School
Fantastic! The actor was enthusiastic, professional, engaging and passionate! Great questioning, appropriate messages and delivery of controversial issues! Brainstorm have a great balance of humour and serious issues, using student friendly language/references. Full of energy and interesting characters. Gave the students an insight into how quickly things can get out of control. Reality of it really hit home! Supports Personal Enrichment Program and drug/alcohol education policies. 10/10
Brilliant! Topical! Bright energetic performer. Good concepts and issues that students at this level (year 9) face and make decisions about i.e. consequences of risk taking. Fantastic! Keep up the good work! 10/10.
Academy of Mary immaculate.
Highly engaging and informative! Students thought it was ‘enjoyable, stimulating and cool’. Superb acting!. The actor was well prepared, good student management, confidently led the discussion and related well. Used humour to his advantage. He was outstanding and met all our expectations. He was phenomenal at drawing out the key ideas of risk taking and consequences. It was clear he wanted the message to hit home. Supports our PDHPE, Pastoral Care, Student safety and Wellbeing policies. 10/10
Broughton Anglican College
Fantastic, funny, clever, up to date, professional and well organised. 10/10!
Newcomb Secondary College
Short, sharp and to the point, good to see how you can make positive decisions and go against poor choices others may be making. Also dealt with effects of depression. Highly recommended!
Beechworth Secondary College