Xris Reardon, artistic director of Third-Way Theatre, has a new show in Melbourne’s outer east. ‘Towing the Line – Distorted Perspectives’ is theatre that aims to make a difference. To me the Third-Way Theatre process sits very comfortably with community-wide dialogues.
About ‘Towing The Line’
Xris is tackling a confronting issue – mental health and community myths. She has involved people from the community in a theatre process to look at the issues and the group has developed a series of short scenes.
The event is ‘interactive’ but Xris says audience participation is absolutely optional.
“Each scene ends in a moment of crisis in order to ask the audience how do we create more understanding about the way in which stigma and discrimination, based on a lack of awareness and education, impacts on people living with a mental health issue…
People can just come along and watch, or if they feel they have an idea, or something they want to say they can contribute in that way as well,” says Xris.
Who is the target audience?
“Anyone from the community who is interested, concerned or curious… (about) community-ness around people living with or caring for someone with a mental health concern.”
‘Towing the Line’ is on at the Healesville Memorial Hall on Friday 5 December with performances at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Entry is by donation. For further information phone Jo Lorey on 5967 2816.