Drug tak­ing out from Fringe

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS from drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion group Shalom House will show­case their act­ing skills in a shock­ing and touch­ing show as part of the Perth Fringe Fes­ti­val next month.

The live pro­duc­tion, Any­man, is based on founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lyn­donJames’ book Tough Love and takes au­di­ences on the jour­ney of ad­dic­tion and the rip­ple ef­fect it has on fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

The show, which has been writ­ten and di­rected by Jane Hille and pre­sented by Fence­line The­atre Com­pany, tells the story of Mr Lyn­don-James and many other peo­ple strug­gling with ad­dic­tion.

Lyn­don-James said the story would tell the real-life story that so many peo­ple were cur­rently fac­ing and the heart­break, pain and fi­nan­cial mis­ery fam­i­lies were left with.

“The per­son who chooses ad­dic­tion doesn’t just hurt them­selves. It causes a rip­ple ef­fect and hurts ev­ery­one around them,” he said.

“I’m hop­ing this show will em­power fam­i­lies and they can see what they need to do in this sit­u­a­tion and not what they may want to do.

“Of­ten fam­i­lies are the big­gest en­ablers of those with ad­dic­tion is­sues, as they try to help them by let­ting them stay with them, but it only makes them worse.”

Lyn­don-James ad­mits that the pro­duc­tion will be con­fronting and eye-open­ing.

“It shows the story of ad­dic­tion from be­gin­ning to end and all the hor­ri­ble parts of it,” he said.

“It’s shock­ing and tragic, but also will touch the hearts of many peo­ple.”

He said that all of the ac­tors in the pro­duc­tion were the men cur­rently in his pro­gram at Shalom House.

“They’ve been re­hears­ing three to four times a week for the past five months and they’ve done so well,” he said.

“My main aim is to get the mes­sage out there and help as many peo­ple as I can, in what­ever way that may be.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to come and see the pro­duc­tion as it could help them one day.”

Any­man will play at the Maali Mia The­atre in Mid­dle Swan in Fe­bru­ary.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://fringe­world.com.au /what­s_on/any­man-fw2018.

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