Dra­matic per­for­mances

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Four sec­ondary schools took part in the Long Pad­dock Dra­matic Minds Festival in De­niliquin on Wed­nes­day to pro­mote men­tal health knowl­edge and re­duce the stigma of men­tal ill­ness in young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity.

About 60 peo­ple at­tended the festival’s night con­cert per­for­mance at Deni High School, where stu­dents from De­niliquin, Fin­ley High, Moama Angli­can Gram­mar and Bal­ranald Cen­tral per­formed a 10 minute drama or dance act they wrote on a cho­sen topic re­lated to men­tal health.

The per­for­mances fo­cused on causes, in­ci­dents, im­pli­ca­tions, help-seek­ing be­hav­iour, hope and break­ing down stigma.

The four acts cov­ered top­ics of post na­tal de­pres­sion, At­ten­tion Deficit Hy­per­ac­tiv­ity Disor­der and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

There were also In­dige­nous dance and belly danc­ing per­for­mances by Deni High stu­dents.

Deni High stu­dent sup­port of­fi­cer Tracey Page said she was very pleased with how the per­for­mances were re­ceived.

‘‘It was an ex­cel­lent night and the stu­dents per­formed so well,’’ she said.

‘‘We’d like to thank our ma­jor spon­sors Ed­ward River Coun­cil, Cen­tral IGA and NSW Men­tal Health. We couldn’t have done it with­out them.’’

Deni High dance per­form­ers Beth Laverty, Izzy Salter-War­ren, Rylee Strong and Emily Creely with per­for­mance nar­ra­tor, writer and di­rec­tor Grace Jef­feries (front).

De­niliquin High School dancers Naoka Owen, Billi-Jo Austin and Bella Ham­mond.

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