For centuries, the theatre has been a safe space for many to express their creativity and talent.
This year’s 10inten will see that theme continue as Shepparton Theatre Arts Group and community mental health service provider Wellways come together to support Mental Health Week through 10, 10-minute plays.
These plays have been written by people from across Greater Shepparton and Victoria and draw on the theme of mental illness in framing and creating unique and moving stories.
Wellways youth residential program co-ordinator and 10inten producer Gemma Marchant said one of the things Wellways was doing this year was promoting the power of story-telling in creating awareness of mental health and stigma reduction.
‘‘Story-telling to me is performance and art and being heavily involved in STAG I thought, well they should go hand-in-hand,’’ she said.
Ms Marchant then approached her Wellways manager and the STAG committee, who all agreed 10inten fitted with the Mental Health Week theme.
STAG has done 10inten for a number of years but this is the first time it has partnered with Wellways to deliver 10 plays by 10 playwrights.
Ms Marchant said the plays were all given the theme inspiring the mind and used Mental Health Week as a strong focus.
‘‘There’s a whole mix of plays in there and some of them are quite serious and tackle that really gritty side of mental health and really talk about those topic that might be a bit touching to a few people,’’ she said.
‘‘It touches on hard kinds of topic, which is what theatre is meant to do, but there’s also some really light-hearted plays in there that show maybe the lighter side of mental health and it isn’t all doom and gloom.’’
10inten is at Bakehouse Black Box Theatre, 17 Wheeler St, Shepparton, on Friday, October 6, at 7.30pm, Saturday, October 7, at 2pm and 7.30pm and Sunday, October 8, at 2pm.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or through Eventbrite at goo.gl/XAMCDT
To find out more about STAG visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/122996978320488/permalink/137605423526310/