Posted on 26 May 2016
On Friday 20 May, Brainstorm Productions presented the play, The Hurting Game, for the Year 7 students. This live, interactive theatre experience captured the dizzying highs and crushing lows of high school and growing up; from teen cliques, coping with peer pressure, teenage insecurities and bullying. The production told the tale of how destructive relationships at school and online can affect students’ self-esteem and their future wellbeing. But the characters soon realised that caring for others is the answer to most of life's biggest problems. This topic fits perfectly into our SEP this term as our focus has been 'Getting Along' and the presentation will promote further discussions in class. The presentation was aimed to inspire students to develop healthier and happier relationships, both online and in the real world.
Year 7 Coordinator
I gained from watching the production, an increased awareness of schools and the social interaction of students. A lot of the student’s success in school socially, is based upon their identities within their friendship groups. We create a fake identity to fit into other groups, and not show our true self just to feel like we fit in. we can make ourselves all catty and up to the nearest trend just to fit in with the "cool people", or sporty and rough to suit the group of athletic people. Anyone else who doesn’t fit into the stereotype is left at the side, and is neglected.
The entertaining production also toys with the ideas and generalisations of power-plays. In a friendship group, everyone elects someone as their leader. We always follow them around, even when we don’t want to. It's something that students struggle with, we don’t really have the courage to stand up and do what we want to do, and we behave like sheep in a flock, always following what the leader wants us to do.
Another point they raised was trend setting. Girls in particular, are always concerned whether they look pretty or if their outfit matched with the theme of the social event. Their motto: the more expensive the better. An example was showcased in the presentation. A girl was trying to make friends with the most popular girl in the school, by saying that she was helping with the disco. After a frustrated clarification with the teacher, the popular girl let the other one help and even tag along with her after she said she was going to go to the event in her dad's cherry red Ferrari. This tells us a lot about people and their motives to gain popularity.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the production. It really made me think about the way I treat people and to include everyone.
Year 7 Student