Drama Festival 2008
Yet another successful year for the secondary school students who participated in the MindMatters Drama Festival.
Over 100 Year 9-12 students from seven government and non-government schools, and one community arts organisation, took part in this year’s ACT MindMatters Drama Festival. Two girls from one school approached their drama teacher to ask if the class could be involved.
Students presented thought-provoking and moving pieces which they had researched and sometimes directed themselves. Their responses in the Question and andAnswer session showed that they had thought deeply about their works and the messages they wanted to convey. These messages emphasised the importance of showing resilience in the face of loss, feeling able to show your real self, supporting friends and seeking help.
ABC Radio journalist, Genevieve Jacobs, opened the festival in front of several school principals and families and friends of the performers. She was lavish in her praise of the work MindMatters does across Australia.
We were thrilled to welcome two schools to the festival for the first time. Hope to see you again next year!
The ACT festival was inspired by the Mind Play Mental Health Festival run by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in Newcastle.