Third year pupils in secondary schools across Tayside will be able to explore health issues relevant to their age group through the creativity of theatre with a play written especially for them.
The Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside works with the three local education departments and the Dundee and Angus College Theatre Arts Team each year to produce a play aimed at 14 and 15-year-olds to help them explore a wide range of health issues facing young people today.
The play and accompanying workshops will be touring secondary schools across Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross between Monday, February 8, and Friday, March 25.
This year’s play, entitled ‘Can YOU Switch Off?’ examines relationships, sexual health and sexuality, substance misuse, sexting and sharing images, as well as issues related to self image and mental wellbeing.
The key message that the organisers want to get across to the students is that they have the right to seek confidential help and advice whether they are under or over the age of 16.
Kerry Dalgetty, Senior Health Promotion Officer with the Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside, explained: “The students will see a devised piece and will then take part in workshops to consider the issues and also the importance of beginning to take responsibility for their own health. They will also have the opportunity to ask local staff questions during a question and answer session.
“It is hoped that the experience will help young people to feel more confident seeking help if they need it, knowing they have the right to be listened to by local services and that they will not be judged. Our main focus is around promoting the local support available to enable young people to use local services rather than finding themselves in a position where their health is compromised.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of a young cast as this always helps to make the issues more real for the audience. We are also grateful for the support of local service providers at the sessions, including NHS Tayside colleagues, Youth Work staff, The Corner, The Web, Barnardos Hopscotch and Young Carers.”
A preview performance will take place at The Space, Dundee and Angus College, Kingsway Campus, Dundee at 11am on Friday, February 5 prior to a tour visiting secondary schools.
The tour will visit Angus on the following dates:
Thursday, February 25 - Arbroath High School. Performances at 11.25am to 1pm and 2 to 3.40pm.
Friday, February 26 - Arbroath High School. Performances at 9.25 to 11.05am and 11.25am to 1pm.
Thursday, March 3 - Montrose Academy. Performances at 9.25 to 11.05am; 11.25am to 1pm; 2 to 3.40pm.
Friday, March 4 - Arbroath Academy. Performances at 11.25am to 1pm and 2 to 3.40pm.
Wednesday, March 9 - Carnoustie High School. Performances at 11.25am to 1pm and 2 to 3.40pm.
Thursday, March 10 - Monifieth High School. Performances at 11.25am to 1pm and 2 to 3.40pm.
Friday, March 11 - Monifieth High School. Performances at 9.25 to 11.05am and 11.25am to 1pm.
Friday, March 18 - Forfar Academy. Performances at 8.50 to 10.35 am and 2 to 3.40pm.
Monday, March 21 - Forfar Academy. Performances at 8.50 to 10.35 am and 2 to 3.40pm.
Tuesday, March 22 - Brechin High School. Performances at 11.25am to 1pm and 2 to 3.40pm.
Friday, March 25 - Webster’s High School. Performance at 11.25am to 1pm.