Putting on a show to change kids’ hearts was a brainstorm

THEATRE is the latest weapon in the war on domestic violence.

Sticks & Stones, which challenges young people to say "No" to violence, will come to Grafton next year.

Actors Kieren Gromowski and Michael Yore , of Brainstorm Productions, perform in schools across the country to show students what bullying and harassment looks like.

The production encourages kids to talk about acceptable behaviour and what to do if students find themselves in unsafe relationships.

Kieren said the show challenged stereotypes of masculinity and violence

"All the things that can make young men feel angry and frustrated, such as not being able to control of a situation, jealousy, being humiliated, intimidated or embarrassed," he said.

"It's about out of control emotions and aggression and about finding more positive ways to deal with problems."

Michael said he hoped the production would change lives.

"Today's students will, in five to 10 years time, be the generation who can either continue the cycle of violence - or the men and women who help put an end to it," he said.

"What we teach them now, and how well we teach it, will help create that future."

More than 1.7 million students have seen Sticks & Stones over the past few years.

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