Following a sold-out season at La Mama Courthouse in Melbourne, The Hope Song, an engaging theatre production exploring the lives of people with mental health experiences, will be presented October 12 and 13 at Geelong Courthouse Theatre.
Award-winning Surf Coast writer Janet Brown, is delighted that the play will be staged in Geelong during Mental Health Week.
“It’s fantastic to see that this play continues to interest audiences and I’m so pleased that co-directors Iris Walshe- Howling and Janine McKenzie and Anglesea Performing Arts (APA) are able to offer this third season of the play.”
It was first staged in October 2017 for Mental Health Week on the Surf Coast.
“I decided to explore ‘verbatim theatre’, which is theatre based on the true words spoken of people who have been interviewed,” Janet said.
“I thought that it would be a really powerful way to illuminate the issues and experiences of people who have mental health challenges. It’s very interesting and humbling when people share their life experiences with me.”
Iris and Janet have worked together before on the short film “Water, Water” which was shown in a number of film festivals here and internationally, and won Silver at the Wasaga Film Festival in Canada in 2016.
The APA ensemble in partnership with WDV (Women with Disabilities Victoria) Barwon Hub will perform three shows only for Geelong audiences. Song performance will be by Tim Hulsman.
After full houses in Anglesea and in Melbourne, book your tickets early so you don’t miss out.