The Hope Song.

Janet Brown’s play ‘The Hope Song’, about people with mental health experiences, was launched as a digital version on World Mental Health Day. It can viewed for free on Humans in Geelong’s YouTube Channel.

It stars some of Australia’s finest acting talent including Di Smith and Luke Carroll. The play was written for Jules Haddock’s ‘Arts of The Mind’ festival on the Surfcoast in 2017, with the Anglesea Performing Arts theatre company.

A sold-out season at La Mama Courthouse followed in 2018, and then later that year in Geelong Courthouse, both of those seasons were supported by Sane Australia.

The script is published by Australian Plays. This digital version is directed by Socratis Otto who interestingly, also directed the play for Crying Chair Theatre at the Sydney Fringe Festival last year.

The people whose stories it is based on are all connected with the Geelong region. Warning: This play contains sensitive material, if any of the content raises any issues, please contact Lifeline 13 11 14.

Read about the ‘Arts of the Mind’ festival on our website: