Tantrum Youth Arts initiative opens students eyes to domestic violence

Serious: Actors Clare Todorovitch, James Chapman and Samantha Lambert. Tantrum's Tamara Gazzard said abuse can be "cyclical". Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Serious: Actors Clare Todorovitch, James Chapman and Samantha Lambert. Tantrum's Tamara Gazzard said abuse can be "cyclical". Picture: Jonathan Carroll

HUNTER students are learning how to identify and respond to domestic violence, through a homegrown initiative that combines dramatic performance with a discussion forum.

Tantrum Youth Arts performed Opening Doors to Swansea High students on Friday, which was followed by a question and answer session with a NSW Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, solicitor and representatives from Headspace and Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

“Live performance itself has an undeniable immediacy to it and is really engaging no matter what age,” Tantrum’s Tamara Gazzard said.

“Young people are used to being talked at or seeing things through screens, so to have live three dimensional people in this space is really engaging and has a lot of impact.”

The Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program approached Ms Gazzard about writing and directing the production, which toured in 2014 and 2016.

A Greater Charitable Foundation grant will take the program to 20 schools.