Theatre / “Table Manners”. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Michael Weston. At Belconnen Theatre until October 28. Reviewed by LEN POWER
LEADING men’s health organisation OzHelp and Melbourne performance company HealthPlay, are bringing the play “Out of the Blue” to The Q, Queanbeyan Arts Centre tomorrow (May 23).Showing for one night only, “Out of the Blue” takes an often humorous look at issues of mental health and suicide in Australia, offering a powerful pathway to explore the impacts of suicide through comedy and drama.
OzHelp CEO, Tony Holland, says: “Despite what people say, suicide is preventable. Starting the conversation is the first step and this play is a unique way to raise the issue of suicide, which is becoming all too prevalent in our community.”
“Out of the Blue” is aimed at raising awareness and funds for OzHel. Set in a hotel bar, it’s the story of group men who have gathered to pay tribute to a mate lost to suicide, reflecting on the life events that contribute to the tragedy.
Written by Stig Wemyss, the play sees a cast of familiar faces from Australian film, stage and television including Margot Knight, whose career has spanned from the 1980s TV series “Prisoner”, to the critically acclaimed film, “The Dress Maker”.
The performance will be followed by a discussion forum on mental health and suicide, and a light supper.
“Out of the Blue” at The Q-Queanbeyan, 7pm, Tuesday, May 23, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.
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