Fund­ing boost for re­hab fa­cil­ity

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

SWAN Chris­tian Col­lege will present drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity Shalom House with a cheque for al­most $40,000 – money raised through ticket sales of the show Any­man.

The show was pro­duced by Shalom House in con­junc­tion with the col­lege’s theatre com­pany Fence­line Theatre and shown dur­ing the Perth Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

The script for the show was based on Shalom House chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lyndon-James’ book Tough Love and was per­formed by res­i­dents from the fa­cil­ity, as well as Swan Chris­tian alumni and staff. It was di­rected by Jane Hille.

Mr Lyndon-James said the money would go to­wards a new fa­cil­ity for Shalom House.

“At the mo­ment we are look­ing at pur­chas­ing a build­ing to house our of­fice and use as a head­quar­ters or hub,” he said.

“This money will go to­wards a de­posit to pur­chase that prop­erty once we find a suit­able fa­cil­ity.

“Our res­i­dents, Jane (the play di­rec­tor) and ev­ery­one in­volved in the play have worked ex­tremely hard over a pe­riod of eight months – not to win an award or get the ac­co­lades but to make a dif­fer­ence, bring a mes­sage of change and be part of the so­lu­tion, so we are thrilled about the suc­cess of the pro­duc­tion.”

Mr Lyndon-James said he never thought the pro­duc­tion would be so suc­cess­ful.

“When Jane ini­tially ap­proached me about do­ing this play, we never im­aged it would get this big, that it would get to be a part of the Fringe fes­ti­val and, least of all, that it would win the Fringe World Theatre Award, espe­cially with over 70 per cent of the cast be­ing for­mer ad­dicts un­der­go­ing a re­cov­ery pro­gram,” he said.

“We re­cently made the play avail­able on­line and in the two weeks that it’s been up it has had over 300 down­loads.

“That’s more fam­i­lies be­ing equipped to deal with their loved ones in ad­dic­tion and more eyes opened to what their ad­dic­tion is do­ing to those clos­est to them.”

Mr Lyndon-James did not rule out plans to bring the show back to Fringe in 2019.

“At the mo­ment we are look­ing at the best ways of reach­ing out to high school stu­dents to get the mes­sage out there and the play may be one of the tools used,” he said.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Adrian Scott said: “We are very pleased to be able to con­trib­ute to the ef­forts of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that brings hope and restora­tion to the lives and fam­i­lies af­fected by ad­dic­tion.”

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