What does a culture of respect look like? When does joking become domination? What can a bystander do? These are just some the questions examined in Mind Over Manner’s latest workshop for intermediate and secondary school students.
WITNESS: It’s Time to Act is a new workshop which is visiting schools across New Zealand. WITNESS examines our bullying epidemic in a different and refreshingly effective manner – using the power of theatre.
Utilizing a team comprised of four experienced actors and one facilitator, scenarios are played out and then improvised… shaped… altered… using the input and suggestions of students themselves. By examining these life-like scenarios such as social exclusion, cyber bullying & slut shaming, WITNESS exposes and explores cycles of conflict, behaviors of survival and defense, and why Hurt People Hurt People.
Each WITNESS workshop includes:
- Preparatory discussions with participating stakeholder organizations.
- Follow up resources.
- 3 Workshops at the school over 1 day (reaching up to 500 students)
- Preparation and distribution of feedback forms
- Follow up evaluation meeting with school representative