‘The Hope Song’ is a verbatim theatre project and the words spoken by the actors are the same as those spoken by the seven people with mental health challenges who shared their insights and experiences with the writer during interviews.
The concept that underpins the writing is that “they are us”. They are ourselves, our family members, our neighbours, our friends, our colleagues. It is more than just “they are among us”. They are us.
We’re raising funds to help us with the costs associated with mounting this production, so we can pay our cast and creatives and ultimately enable us to start a conversation about mental health & impacts on individuals and society.
As with all our productions, we want this project to reach all demographics of our society.
This production is scheduled to open on 18 September 2019 as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
This project is important because there needs to be more awareness and understanding of the mental health challenges that impact the lives of so many Australians. We believe by sharing these seven honest stories we will help to normalise mental health and break the stigma surrounding the idea that “it will never happen to me”. We want people to know that it is OK to openly discuss their mental health challenges regardless of how big or small they may seem.
We would like people to support this project to help us generate empathy for those living with mental health challenges.
We are seeking financial assistance.
Donations will be used to help us pay our cast and creatives, hire a theatre space, set construction and publicity to help spread the word of these important stories.
Our end result will be to successfully stage ‘The Hope Song’ with a talented and diverse Australian cast and crew. By doing so conversations will be generated among the audience and leave them with a sense of hope, not only for themselves but for their loved ones.