Raw and Real. A gripping new work on youth mental health.
Swimmers put up their hands when struggling in a rip, but there is no clear, universal signal for people who need help with mental health issues.
Fragments embodies the theme that stress at home, at school and in life is challenging young people beyond their usual coping abilities, often leaving them disenfranchised and vulnerable. The work aims to start a conversation, giving a sense of agency to young people, while reaching out to their peers, families and the community.
Praise for Fragments:
Fragments…. gives audiences a multi-sensory, embodied experience of what it’s like to be a teenager in distress. The cast delivers the angst-driven script movingly… Despite the angst, the script also contains moments of genuine humour, of wit, and of hope. The tragedy isn’t so much the pain the characters feel, but the fact that they’re so consumed by it that they don’t notice that everyone else feels it too. And by pointing this out, Fragments opens up the vital possibility of connection. (Erin Stewart, ArtsHub) For full ArtsHub review, click here.
Fragments was developed in Canberra with the support of the ACT Government (artsACT), LJ Hooker Canberra City, The Street Theatre, Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO), Mental Health Community Coalition ACT, Bundanon Trust, Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres (Ralph Indie Program) and MPS Travel+Tours. Although written for a general audience, Fragments is especially relevant for young people and their families and an ideal choice for performance and discussion in schools.
To preview or purchase the Fragments script or to enquire about production rights/licensing, please contact Australian Plays.
10- minute play
Trapped in his psyche, a young man drawn to rhythm, rather than words, taps his feelings for the woman he loves in a desperate bid to ward off reality.
Winner – Judges’ Choice (Week 4) and Third Place, Best Production, Short+Sweet Sydney (2017); SOLO Monologue Competition Winner, Published Category, Hothouse Theatre, Wodonga (2016)
Shortlisted – Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Hollywood, Auckland, and Wellington (2016)
Performed at the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, Sydney (February-March 2017) and Brisbane (July 2016)
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