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EASTERN RIVERINA CHRONICLE 

John Wood to star in theatre production about mental health

20 Sep 2016

Set to tour: John Wood and Chris Pidd will tour the region to present the theatre production, Carpe Diem, which deals with mental health issues.
Set to tour: John Wood and Chris Pidd will tour the region to present the theatre production, Carpe Diem, which deals with mental health issues.

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Mental health will be in the spotlight next month when a theatre production comes to Holbrook, Henty and Lockhart. The production is titled Carpe Diem and stars acclaimed actor John Wood and Albury-based actor Chris Pidd.

The story is follows Australian males dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression. Henty will host the play on October 14 at the Community Club followed by Holbrook at St Patrick's Primary School Hall on October 15 and Lockhart on October 28 at the Memorial Hall.

“There will be an opportunity for the community to meet with the actors and hear their own personal stories,” co-ordinator Helen Sheather said.

If you, or someone you know may be experiencing mental illness call the MLHD AccessLine on 1800 800 944 to arrange local support. The free event is funded by Riverina Bluebell, RAMHP, Department of Primary Industries and multiple funding partners.

 

BOOROWA NEWS 

Carpe Diem at Boorowa Ex-Services Club 21 Sep 2016

John Wood 

“Carpe Diem”, a Centre Stage Scripts Production, will be performed at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club on October 19.

Starring John Wood, the performance focuses on everyday men dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression.

Curtains up at 7.30pm with supper to follow, which is $5 with proceeds going to the Dawn Initiative Inc. For more info, contact Maria Biglands on 6385 3858.

THE OBSERVER

Actor John Wood coming to Coleambally for theatre production

Liam Warren
14 Sep 2016


Friends through hardship: Actors John Wood and Chris Pidd feature in the theatre show Carpe Diem that focus around mental health issues.
Acclaimed actor John Wood will be in Coleambally for a theatre production titled Carpe Diem.

He will be supported by local actor Chris Pidd, and the show is based around a contemporary portrayal of Australian males dealing with issues of health, loss and depression. The play is written by Megan Rigoni and is inspired by the experiences of people she knew.

Set in a fictional tow in inland Australia, Carpe Diem portrays the friendship of Nev, a hard-working farmer and John his stock agent friend. Both have been impacted by the long-running drought and are each suffering their own personal crisis.

The show stresses the importance of mate ship and professional care in times of crises. It is a comedy that delivers the mental health messages in a way that is entertaining immediate and highly relevant.

Mr Wood who has been partnered with Ms Rigoni on two previous productions says this issue needs to be addressed.

“It’s a very Australian thing to feel that it’s none of our business and that someone knows what they’re doing,” he said.

“Men just need to ask the questions and not ignore their apparent depression or inner pain.”

Mr Pidd who is also the general manager at Lifeline Albury echoed these sentiments.

“The compelling story will help break down the stigma of seeking support early when life gets tough,” he said.

“The play depicts so beautifully how two mates can help each other in a time of need.”

This will be a free community event and is presented by the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program and Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Rural Adversity Mental Health coordinators Helen Sheather and Merilyn Limbrick are excited to be working in partnership with the community to ensure the event is accessible, relevant and inclusive reaching the widest possible audience.

“Many local organisations are working hard to ensure that this event is free so everyone has an opportunity to come together and have a fun evening,” Ms Sheather said.

Carpe Diem will be at the Coleambally Community Hall on Tuesday October 25.

VISIT LOCKHART SHIRE   

Carpe Diem - Starring John Wood
Henty - A Centre Stage Scripts Production, staring John Wood & Chris Pidd.
Set in a rural town Carpe Diem is a contemporary portrayal of everyday Australian males dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression. It is an entertaining look at how friendship and proper care give a man the strength to cope and the tools to carry on...
Event Information:
Henty Community Club
14th October 2016
6pm for BBQ with Curtains Up at 7pm
Come along and join us for this FREE Event
Sponsored by AGnVET Services,(Greater Hume Shire, Henty Bendigo Community Bank, Rural Bank and Kane's Buses).
For Further Information Please Contact Jody Whitley Phone: 02 6036 0100

Acclaimed actor to visit the region 8 Sep 2016, 10:36 a.m.

THE AREA NEWS 

CARPE DIEM: Actor John Wood is bringing his production to the region.
ACCLAIMED actor John Wood will bring his theatre production Carpe Diem to Coleambally, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong.

The production addresses how men deal with mental health issues.

Supported by local actor Chris Pidd, Carpe Diem is a contemporary portrayal of Australian males dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression.

The free community event is presented by the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and MLHD in partnership with playwright Megan Rignoni from Centre Stage Scripts.

Set in a fictional town in inland Australia, Carpe Diem portrays the friendship of Nev, a hard-working farmer, and John his stock agent friend.

Both have been impacted by the long-running drought and are each suffering their own personal crisis.

The production emphasises the importance of mateship and professional carer in times of crises. The tour is funded by Riverina Bluebell, RAMHP, the Department of Primary Industries and muultiple funding partners in each community.

The production will visit West Wyalong on October 22, Lake Cargelligo on October 23 and Coleambally on October 25.

 


 
AUSTRALIAN STORY  

John Wood and Carpe Diem appearing on Australian Story Monday 27 June

Introduced by actor John Wood

Farmer Pat Murphy and his family moved to their 'dream property' at Maules Creek in New South Wales seven years ago.They were optimistic about the future, with plans to sub-divide their farm, run sheep and grow crops including barley and wheat.

The location was close to towns and a school for their young children.But life changed dramatically for the Murphy family when exploration for an open-cut coal mine began right next door, just a year after they'd arrived in the area.

Now that the mine is operating, Pat Murphy claims that he and his family are being affected by noise, dust and blast fumes.He says he wants to move, but that state government regulations have left him in limbo.

THE LAND

Actor John Wood treads the boards of northern NSW town halls

ROBYN AINSWORTHJune 2, 2016

 
Actor John Wood on the stage at Garah hall in Carpe Diem, a play encouraging men to open up about their issues. Photo by Amelia Williams

Actor John Wood on the stage at Garah hall in Carpe Diem, a play encouraging men to open up about their issues. Photo by Amelia Williams

ACCLAIMED actor John Wood is seizing the day during his world-wind tour of the state’s north.Wood, famous for his roles in Blue Heelers<