Centre Stage Scripts was officially launched in 2009. Founded by playwright Megan Rigoni and supported by the Helen La Nauze Fund, Centre Stage Scripts was created to promote Theatre in Education. Since a child’s greatest instinct is to play, explore,imitate and create, theatre becomes an effective teaching tool. While facilitating learning, it develops a range of skills, attitudes and behaviours; creating lasting memories and value as a tool for personal growth and development.
Since 2010 Centre Stage Scripts has grown to embrace Arts and Health. Whilst bringing awareness, empathy and understanding of the issues portrayed, the plays nurture acceptance and empathy to those who are suffering. Illness can be very isolating and projects of this nature support the survivors and sufferers in their journey.
In 2012 The Symphony of Life paid tribute to leading cancer support group Bravehearts on theMurray.Heroes followed in 2014, focusing on men’s health and mental health. Since 2015, Centre Stage Scripts has toured Carpe Diem, throughout NSW, Victoria and Southern QLD. Starring leading TV actor John Wood Carpe Diem addresses rural mental healthcare. In 2018 Centre Stage Scripts are proud to present The RAIN MAKER.
“Set in a football club, THE RAIN MAKER is an exciting new arts and health project that highlights the importance of community connection and the role of mentors in the lives of young people.With the rising incidence of anxiety and depression amongst young Australians, The Rain Maker aims to reduce the stigma and encourage help seeking behaviours around youth mental health care.”
Centre Stage Scripts has been honoured to work with such talented artists as John Wood, Chris Thompson, Tarn Ham, Chris Pidd, Miguel de Oliveira, Penny Cleary, Alicia Marshall, Simone Worsnop, Kate Vigo, Paul Gibbs, Peter Cominos, Rudi Katterl and Joe Davis.
It’s also a privilege to work with community groups and agencies such as Rural Adversity Mental Health Program,(RAMHP)Lifeline,Carers NSW,Department of Primary Industries (DPI),Bravehearts on the Murray, The Other Theatre Company, Wodonga Calistenics Academy, Gateway Health, Intereach, Albury Men’s Shed, The RUOK? Foundation, City of Wodonga, Albury City,Hot House Theatre and The Cube Theatre Wodonga.
“Centre Stage Scripts continues to inspire audiences to engage with the people in their lives and live active, healthy lives.”