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Jeremy (‘Jezza’)

Hey Wasssup my peeps? Jeremy here but you can call me Jezza. I’m really glad to be here tonight to accept this award. And I would like to thank my friends and family, especially my Mum.

Mum

Is that you Jez? Are you talking to someone?

Jezza

Nah, it was just me rehearsing for when I become rich and famous.

Mum

And when’s that gonna happen Son?

Jezza

You wait and see. I’m gonna pass Drama with flying colours. All I can say is watch out Aaron Pederson and Ernie Dingo.

Mum

Now don’t you go talking about Ernie, he’s deadly. Especially since I saw him on It Takes Two. Oh that boonthi and them long legs…

Jezza

(shocked) Mum!

Mum

Yeh, Ernie can ‘get into the great outdoors’ with me anytime.

Jezza

You’re shameful Mum!

Mum

Nothing to be ashamed of son. When you’re as famous as Ernie, everyone will want a piece of you.

Jezza

Mum, I’m not in it for that. I want to act and then go into directing like Denzel Washington.

Mum

Ooh now don’t get me started on Denzel. He’s a fine specimen of a…

Jezza

I’ve got my hands over my ears and I can’t hear you Mum.

Mum

(makes smooching sound)

Ooh… Denzel (laughing).

Jezza

Still can’t hear you Mum.

Mum

Nah, seriously son, I’m so proud of what you’re doing.. something you love. I know you’ll be great at it and you’ll give it your best shot. Remember how hard you fought to get here? All that trouble at school…

Jez

Yeh, and if it wasn’t for Super Cuz, it could still be going on.

Mum

Now there’s one deadly brother.

Jezza

You’re right there Mum.

I can still remember the day he showed up

(starts to tell a story…)

It was the just like all those other days, but this time the boys were teasing me cos of those flash clothes I had to wear in the school play.

I tried to tell them it was Shakespeare and that’s what they wore back in them days, but they kept going on about it.

Mum

And it wasn’t the first time they tormented you.

Jez

There was that time they took my ipod.

Mum

And your mobile.

Jezza

I always tried to be nice them, but if aren’t good at football or don’t party with them, I’m not one of them.

Mum

Sometimes people don’t understand that it is ok to be different, to be an individual.

Jezza

And I would never have known that if it wasn’t for Super Cuz.

He just came out of no where.

I remember going to the toilets and a couple of the boys were in there, the ones who used to pick on me.

I tried to ignore them but they started to laugh at me. Asked me if I wanted a cigarette.

I said no, I don’t smoke.

They kept calling me ‘The good boy”.

Boy 1

The good boy,

don’t touch cigarettes,

don’t drink.

Boy 2

What’s the matter with you Jez, you think your better than us?

Boy 3

He must be, he likes culcha, and all that acting and stuff.

Jezza

Russell Crow is an actor and he owns the Rabbitohs.

Boy 1

He’s different.

Boy 2

He’s the gladiator (laughter from boys).

Boy 3

And you’re not (laughter).

Boy 2

What you think you gonna be like Russell Crowe?

Jezza

I want to be one day.

(All boys laugh)

Boys (in background)

Sure, yeh, good one Jez.

Boy 1

You gonna be just like the rest of us, in the hood for the rest of your life (laughter).

Jezza

Not me, I’m gonna study to be an actor.

Boy 2

(shakes an aerosol can….spraying sound)

Jezza

What are you doing?

Boy 1

Just a little publicity for your first role.

(sound of spray can still going)

Boy 3

Yeh, good one bro.

 (reads out loud)

Jezza Carter can’t bowl…can’t bat…can’t pass…can’t tackle.

(laughter from boys)

Jezza

Leave me alone, I’ve never done anything to you.

(A loud bang is heard, followed by a crashing sound and fumbling noises).

Boy 2

What was that?

Boy 3

It’s a bloke in a pair of tights and big red cape.

Boy 1

(panicked) Let’s get outta here!

Boy2

Hey where are you going?

Boy1

I’m just going to the jillewa.

Super Cuz

Looks like you already did.

Boy 2

Don’t hurt us, please don’t hurt us!

Super Cuz

I’m not here to hurt you. A super hero never hurts anyone, unless you’re the Joker, or the Riddler, or someone like that.

Jezza

Are you a super hero?

Super Cuz

Well I’ve got a cape on and I have got tights…it is the standard uniform for all super heroes. I have super vision too!

Boy 2

Can you see my jocks?

Super Cuz

Yes. They are blue with Thomas the Tank pictures on them.

Boy 2

My nan got them for me for Christmas.

Super Cuz

That’s ok bro, it’s ok to be different and to express your individuality, in whatever way you want.

Boy 2

No really, my nan did buy these for me for Christmas. Really!

Other boys

Sure mate (condescending).

Super Cuz

And just like you wear them, it’s also ok for men to wear tights. One day Jezza here might be a famous actor, and you mob will be talking him up, telling everyone that you went to school with him.

There’s nothing wrong with being different.

Jezza

You tell ‘em Cuz

Super Cuz

You know what they say…‘variety is the spice of life’.

If we were all the same it would be a boring world.

Boy 1

I guess you’re right Super Cuz.

Super Cuz

And boys, bullying people isn’t deadly.

You can’t go around calling people names, threatening them, swearing at them.. especially if they’re not like you.

Imagine if people teased you because of the pattern on your jocks, or because you’ve got a terrible haircut.

Boy 2

You mean like you Cuz! (laughter)

Super Cuz

Or if you like something that other people mightn’t, it doesn’t mean they aren’t ok people.

Boy 1

Yeh, I know.

Super Cuz

And Jez, what can these boys do to make it up to you?

Boys

Yeh, Jez, what can we do?

We’ll do anything.

Sorry mate.

Jez

Well we need a few more boys for the drama club.

Super Cuz

Hear that boys, they need a couple of extra actors in that Shakespeare play.

Boys

Do we have to!!

Super Cuz

You did say “we’ll do anything”. And I might even lend you a pair of tights.

I got them in red, black, yellow…

Mum:

If you're being bullied at school, the best thing to do is tell someone you know and trust. Schools have a duty to provide a safe learning place for you. If you tell your school counsellor or a teacher, they can investigate the problem and take action.

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