Theatre Talk: Honest Geoffrey shines a light

Exploring mental illness:  Tamworth Dramatic Society’s production of Geoffrey has been written by local poet Peter Langston.
Exploring mental illness: Tamworth Dramatic Society’s production of Geoffrey has been written by local poet Peter Langston.

Geoffrey, the first of Tamworth Dramatic Society’s productions for 2017, opens at Capitol Theatre Tamworth on March 24 and runs until April 2, including six evening performances and two matinees with the charitable partner being Black Dog Institute.

Geoffrey explores the effect of mental illness on the lives of two men, and how their loved ones somehow cope and lead the way to redemption.

Written by local poet Peter Langston and featuring work from some of the region's creatives, Geoffrey is a premiere production from the Tamworth Dramatic Society.

Geoffrey has a distinctly Australian voice, telling a story that might previously have been told in hiding, in the suburbs, possibly even about someone next door. Shining a light on the courage, the love, the destruction, and the recovery which can be mental wellness, this is a play with a story to tell which is both current and important.

It is suitable for audiences of 15 and over and includes occasional course language and mature themes.   

There is also a free community presentation (this is a ticketed event and seats must be booked for this free event) on March 23 at Capitol Theatre with guest speaker Peter Langston addressing Breaking Down Depression and Building Resilience.

Peter Langston, a volunteer community speaker for Black Dog Institute, will present this 30-minute presentation, which is suitable for general audiences, and will provide information about what mood disorders are, their causes, how to spot early warning signs, how to get the right help and support, and how to build personal resilience.

The desired outcome is that people will be better informed, better equipped to identify warning signs and feel more comfortable seeking help and communicating more openly and honestly.

Following the presentation, Peter will be available for a question and answer session, where audience members can ask him about his own experiences, or can speak about the upcoming Tamworth Dramatic Society production Geoffrey.

Tickets are available online at entertainmentvenues.com.au, on 6766 2028 or at Capitol Theatre Box Office or The Big Golden Guitar.