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John Wood play Carpe Diem shines light on rural issue

 

Carpe Diem leading actor John Wood said it was too common for Australians to busy their feelings.Perform: Carpe Diem leading actors Chris Pidd and John Wood believe it is important to shine light on important issues.Carpe Diem leading actors John Wood and Chris Pidd believe it is important to shine light on important issues.

A PLAY travelling across rural SA is shining a light on some of the issues facing country Australia.

Carpe Diem is a contemporary comedic play, portraying Australian males dealing with issues surrounding health, grief, loss and depression. 

The production is set in a fictional inland Australian town and follows the friendship of hard-working farmer Nev and his stock agent friend John. 

Carpe Diem aims to shine a light on important stigmatised mental health issues that impact many members of the community and their ability to function and work.

Written by playwright Megan Rigoni, the play was first inspired by the experiences of people she knows. 

Carpe Diem leading actor John Wood said it was too common for Australians to bury their feelings. 

“It’s a very Australian thing to feel that (mental health) is none of our business, but men need to ask the questions and not ignore their apparent depression or inner pain,” he said.

Lifeline Albury general manager and actor Chris Pidd said the play would help to break down the stigma of seeking support from the community.

“This play depicts so beautifully how two mates can help each other in times of need,” he said. 

“This compelling story will help break down the stigma of seeking support early when life gets tough.”

Carpe Diem will be shown at the Brinkworth Soldiers Memorial Hall tonight and the Keith Institute tomorrow night, after already showing at Cleve, Quorn and Port Pirie.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 

 

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.

THE OBSERVER

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.

 

 

THE DAILY ADVERTISER 

Tuesday September 13, 2016

John Wood to tour district in Carpe Diem

Hannah Paine

RETURNING TO THE REGION: Actor John Wood will be performing in a production of Carpe Diem next month. The free play aims to promote better mental health.

RENOWNED Australian thespian John Wood will be revisiting the Riverina acting scene next month. But instead of returning to the crease in another Backyard Ashes film, he will be touring the region in a play about mental health.

Wood is the lead actor in Carpe Diem, a story about two mates in an inland Australian town who are struggling through loss and tough times.Wood told The Daily Advertiser 

the humorous take on the life struggles of a farmer and stock agent aimed to start a conversation about mental health. 

“Men are very bad at talking about their problems,” he said.

“If they break their arm they go to the doctor, but if they break their heart they don’t even think about it.” 

Wood said his own father was like many Australian men who did not talk about their trauma. 

A German prisoner of war during World War Two, Wood’s dad only ever spoke once to a mate about the horrors he experienced.

“He never ever talked about it, except once when a new neighbour moved in and he had been a POW as well,” he said.

“They just compared notes.

“We were all around about 10 years old or something, and we were standing there with our mouths agape, listening to these men talk about the stuff they’ve been through.” 

The production will be shown in Henty, Holbrook, Gundagai, Berrigan, Corowa, Lockhart, Temora, Junee, Boorowa, Ganmain, West Wyalong, Lake Cargelligo and Coleambally. 

The event will start with a sausage sizzle and finish with an informal question and answer session.

Wood said the format of the show often gave men the courage to seek help. 

“We had a wonderful experience in Barraba,” he said. 

“The next morning we were checking out of the hotel to go to the next town and the president of the men’s shed was waiting for us downstairs. 

“He said ‘I just wanted to give you guys a heads up, I brought a mate to the show last night and 7am this morning he was waiting at my door and came in wanting to talk for two hours’.” 

Written by playwright Megan Rigoni, the free play is being presented by Murrumbidgee Local Health District and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program. 

 

 

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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. 

  

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