Listening to Voices
Unique theatre production ‘Listening to Voices’ will be at Wesley Performing Arts Centre in Horsham on Friday.
The production, described by program leaders as dynamic and courageous, is the product of average people with experiences of ‘hearing voices’ and mental illness.
Its purpose is to eradicate stigma surrounding mental-health diagnosis, in particular the experience of psychosis, depression and suicide.
Wimmera Uniting Care Hearing Voices regional co-ordinator Petra Hinch said the Listening to Voices project was a collaboration between Gateway Health and the Hearing Voices Regional Project – a joint program of Voices Vic, Prahran Mission Uniting Care and Wimmera Uniting Care.
“Listening to Voices is an honest and, at times, humorous performance that assists in shifting perspectives of mental illness,” she said.
“The stars of the show are not actors, rather ordinary people telling their own stories of discovery, connection, healing and hope through their performances.
“I truly encourage people in the community to come along for a free night of enlightenment and entertainment; especially those who have experienced mental illness, their families and friends and people who work in mental-health services.
“The show starts at 7pm and runs for about one hour and 20 minutes.
“There will be opportunities for discussion and light refreshments after the performance.”
Mrs Hinch said people could visit wuc.org.au/events for further information or contact her at Wimmera Uniting Care on 5362 2941 or email pe[email protected] wuc.org.au.