PTSD fight in spotlight
THE struggles faced by veterans and their families affected by Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder will take centre stage as part of a locally written and produced play.
All That We Carry will be at the Courthouse Theatre on October 9 and 10, to coincide with Veterans Health Week.
Written by Fairlie Sandilands, the play highlights the issues modern- era veterans and their families face after deployment to combat zones.
The play follows the deterioration of Ben, who is no longer in the military, as he finds himself dealing with PTSD.
His wife Sarah and his daughter are reacting to his mood swings and his disassociation. As the play progresses, the situation deteriorates.
Ms Sandilands said she had been fortunate to obtain Regional Arts Development Funding to research, write and develop the play.
Both her parents were World War II veterans, her father a POW captured in Timor and her mother a theatre sister in Papua New Guinea.
“While there is so much around about World War I at the moment during these years of the ANZAC centenary, it’s important for the community to recognise that we have thousands of Australian men and women who have been deployed overseas into combat zones or on peacekeeping missions in the modern era,” she said.
“Many serving members and veterans are struggling with mental health issues, and their families and loved ones may find it difficult to cope as well.
“As a community, we need to develop a greater understanding of the sacrifices that these people have made and the consequences that they are dealing with on a daily basis.
“This play aims to provide an opportunity to give a voice to some of the struggles that veterans and their families can face, and ways in which the community can be there for them.”
The play is being supported by Full Throttle Theatre Company and The Townsville Men’s Shed, which is making the set which will be a series of boxes that can be turned into various items of furniture during the play as the set is minimalist.
Tickets will be available at the door and will be $ 12 each, with no concessions available.
The play is not suitable for children as there is strong language and confronting themes.
FAMILY FOCUS: Fairlie Sandilands with her play.