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MILK CRATE THEATRE’S LATEST PERFORMANCE EXPLORES DEPRESSION IN THAT’S THE SPIRIT

BY Avviso PR | 08-Jun-2017
Milk Crate Theatre has announced their latest production, That’s The Spirit, to be staged on the 13th and 16th of June, delving into issues of depression and mental health using the company’s contemporary Forum Theatre format to showcase authentic stories with their energetic cast.
Milk Crate Theatre has announced their latest production, That’s The Spirit, to be staged in June, delving into issues of depression and mental health using the company’s contemporary Forum Theatre format to showcase authentic stories with their energetic cast.

Milk Crate Theatre use performance to change the story of homelessness and this feature theatre work for 2017 is the result of a collaborative 10-week workshop with a cast ranging in age from 24 to over 50.

The show will be a multidisciplinary staged production that draws on a range of individual stories woven into the overarching theme of depression.

Associate Director, Margot Politis commented, “Our performers create the content for our shows, so everything you see on stage has come from them. The rehearsal room is a joyous and collaborative space, where fantastic artists like Kay Armstrong help guide the material into performance-ready work.”

“ We are creating from a “strength-based approach”, which means that we focus on how people like to express themselves, and that becomes part of the show. And so our work is not only unique, but especially in the case of That’s The Spirit, offers audiences a very personal look at themes that can be uncomfortable.”

That’s The Spirit delves into one of the world’s most prevalent health issues to investigate how to recognise, support and work with people who may be experiencing mood disorders or depression and find positive pathways.

CEO of Milk Crate Theatre, Judith Bowtell said almost a quarter of Australia’s youth suffer from depression or some form of mental illness.

She said the 2017 work would form the second instalment in a trilogy of themes that are consistently linked to the experience of homeless. The 2016 production of Wasted explored the theme of addiction, and the company proposes to address anxiety in a future work.

“Milk Crate Theatre uses performing arts to change the story of homelessness and we are working with a number of community groups to expand our reach and provide more opportunities for involvement and participation.

The Forum Theatre model is based on providing strategies to help people activate social change and Milk Crate Theatre has innovated the format by using a variety of art forms and structures.

Milk Crate Theatre works with a Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) model, promoting cultural democracy, self-determination and social justice. Anyone is welcome to attend their workshops and individuals are provided with ongoing support through the programs.

Performances are free to attend; however RSVPs are required via www.milkcratetheatre.com.

Performance One

When: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Time: 6pm
Where: Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street, Redfern
Cost: FREE
Guests RSVP: mail@milkcratetheatre.com
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/thats-the-spirit-performance-one-tickets-34351120125

Performance Two

When: Friday 16th June 2017
Time: 2:30pm
Where: Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
Cost: FREE
Guests RSVP: mail@milkcratetheatre.com
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/thats-the-spirit-performance-two-tickets-34452088123