Kevin won't talk. To anyone. Bullied, alone and scared he spends his weekend hiding out and sleeping in a cardboard box, hoping that somehow, his biggest nightmare, being bullied, will go away.

When Kevin refuses to go to school on Monday, his Mum flips her lid! Enter a friendly school visitor who discovers Kevin's magic drawing board and an ex-bully who tells Kevin the secret he needs to know.

Filled with magic, theatre, surprises and innovation, Speak Up! takes children on a magical journey as they learn from Kevin and his friends how to deal with bullying.

  • children's theatre
  • 45
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • young people
  • 8 to 12, 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • all ages, children
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: When I was at school, there was this girl called Paula Beams and she was really mean to me. And one time, she got all her friends to pick on me and be mean to me and they even used to steal and hide my bag. And I was so scared that I didn't know what to do. And one day I went home and grandpa asked me what was wrong, but I wouldn't tell. And you know what he said?

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