Serious side to stage they’ll go through

Performance anxiety: Year 12 students Caitlin is surrounded by her ‘inner demons’ – Nicole, Aimee and Stephanie, in costume for their Rock Eisteddfod performance. Picture: Michael CoppGLADSTONE Park Secondary College students will bring the issue of mental health alive through performance, dance and song.

It’s the school’s seventh year competing in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.

Their performance, dubbed Face Your Fears, will look at the journey of anxiety and depression in young people.

The Rock Eisteddfod, in its 32nd year, encourages students to be their best without the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The school’s eisteddfod co-ordinator, Erin Davies, says it’s important for students to learn about mental health and know there is always help.

“The storyline is basically highlighting the importance of mental health awareness,” she says.

“Our main character goes through the stages of loneliness, anxiety and depression and then is able to rise above all the fears and inner demons she’s been battling.

“It’s something any student can go through. It can be caused by the stress of school, loss of a friend, relationship trouble.

“Everyone can associate with those feelings and times where they feel a bit low, but we’re telling people they can find strength or have people around them for support.”

The school has 120 students from years 7-12 involved in the production.

Ms Davies says it’s a long process for the students to commit to, but they’re all hopeful of success.

“We started auditions in February and we’ve been rehearsing since March; it’s quite a long journey for the kids and a lot of effort.

“It’s starting to look amazing. We’ve had a second and third placing in the past two Rock Eisteddfods and the kids are always proud of their efforts because they put so much enthusiasm and passion into it.”

The Rock Eisteddfod is at the Hisense Arena on August 7-10.

Tickets are available from Gladstone Park Secondary College. Call 99330500