All Year 9 students recently attended the Alter Ego Production called Tough Love.

Tough Love’ is an applied theatre project that raises awareness around coercive control and domestic abuse in teenage intimate relationships.  The play is followed by an actor facilitated post-show talk exploring the issues raised.  It tells the story of 15 year old Becka and her relationship with her violent and controlling boyfriend Danny.  How they met, how they fell in love, how the control and violence started and how Becka eventually managed to get help.

This production focused on a real life story of a 15 year old girl who found herself in relationship that turned abusive over a short period of time. The production covered:

  • What makes a healthy relationship
  • What makes an unhealthy relationship
  • What is coercive control
  • What is domestic abuse
  • What is consent
  • Peer pressure/sexting
  • Where to go for help and advice

Over the next couple of weeks students will have the opportunity in their PD lessons to discuss these issues further and reflect on the content that was covered in the production.