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Breaking stigma of mental health through giving voice to voiceless

HELPING to break the stigma of mental health by telling the true stories of seven people living with challenges, ‘The Hope Song’ runs for six shows as part of this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival in Marrickville.

Having lived the last few years in Summer Hill and Marrickville, director Socratis Otto, who many would know as ‘Maxine’ in the drama Wentworth, said: “This incredible stage performance shines the light on the stigmas and impact of mental health on everyday people just like you and me.
“And here’s the thing … If you’ve ever experienced anxiety you’ve experienced a mental health disorder.
“We need to redefine the language around ‘mental illness’. And this production does so beautifully.”
Giving a voice to the voiceless, writer Janet Brown interviewed seven people, asked each of them the same questions, and the production shares the answers and stories through the voices of seven actors.
Music is also an important feature of ‘The Hope Song’; each person shares a song that inspires and uplifts them.
“It’s important to stress our subjects are managing their struggles, thriving, spirited and humorous in their awareness and disclosures,” Otto added.
“We need to demystify mental health issues and allow people the relief and comfort in knowing there are others like them here to listen and support them.
“If you or anyone you know is feeling isolated, fearful, lost, alone, this production will inspire, heal and change your life.”
Crying Chair Theatre presents ‘The Hope Song’ at Flight Path Theatre, Marrickville, September 18-22. Tickets available at sydneyfringe.com.

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