Griffith Dramatic Minds Festival

The inaugural Griffith Dramatic Minds Festival (DMF) was held at Griffith Regional Theatre on Thursday 24th October 2013 with RAMHP as the major festival sponsor.

The DMF is an annual short play festival where High School students from both government and non-government schools are invited to research, write and perform an original 10 minute play about a mental health issue. Each school is offered assistance with transport, accommodation, meals and support from a local theatre professional. A mental health consultant also reviews the play to ensure that the mental health content of the play is accurate, and important messages regarding hope, recovery and help-seeking behaviour are projected. A matinee or evening performance is held to determine the winner of the festival and local community, family, friends and peers are invited to be part of the audience.

The Griffith DMF was a resounding success, attended by 160 people. Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive.

Partners who have provided support include Regional Development Australia, Mental Health Association NSW, Murrumbidgee Local Health District Mental Health Drug & Alcohol, Griffith City Council, Griffith Regional Theatre, Department of Education & Communities, Get Set and Murrumbidgee Medicare Local Ltd.

Congratulations to our RAMHP workers, Merilyn Limbrick and Helen Sheather, who worked hard to pull the festival together!