Show challenges men to rethink violence and stereotypes

STICKS & STONES TEAM: Michael Yore and Kieren Gromowski, from Brainstorm Productions.
STICKS & STONES TEAM: Michael Yore and Kieren Gromowski, from Brainstorm Productions.

THEATRE is the latest weapon against domestic violence.

Sticks & Stones, which challenges young people to say no to violence, will come to Lismore 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.

Gromowski 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 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."

"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.

More than 1.7 million students have seen Sticks & Stones.

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