Dramatic festival performance
Nine Finley High School students took part in the Long Paddock Dramatic Minds Festival in Deniliquin last Wednesday.
The event is held 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, 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, who helped organise the event, said she was very pleased with how the performances were received.
‘‘It was an excellent night and the students performed so well,’’ she said.
Finley High School students (back, from left) Isabella Jackson, Sarah Orro, Ethan Mortlock (back), Hayley O’Neill and Thomas Apps; (front) Jaide Eddy, Chelsea Grey, Hayley Gow and Zoe Barlow at the Long Paddock Dramatic Minds Festival in Deniliquin.