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HealthPlay is a contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne.

We write and perform plays offering a humorous outlook on challenging health issues. The narratives are inspired by true life stories. Our plays can be performed almost anywhere and can be accompanied by a discussion forum. See the film Hoppy’s Heroes, the story behind the South Australian tour of HealthPlay’s For Better, For Worse.
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New Project for HealthPlay

Suicide: It’s Time We Talked

A new and challenging production that combines a play about youth suicide with a panel of mental health experts which will bring bring people together in local communities.

Suicide: It’s time we talked is a 35-minute play that addresses youth suicide in the online era and how young people can reach breaking point without their parents realising.

Written by Alan Hopgood, it follows the model of all HealthPlays with a 30-minute Q&A and an expert panel.

The idea is for teenagers, young adults and parents to attend together. Some people fear that talking about suicide might have a “copycat” effect, but it is now agreed that appropriate discussion can help to prevent it.

What’s Happening

Health Play welcomes play number twelve! Stig Wemyss, an original member of the HeathPlay family, has written and produced “Out of the Blue”, a play about depression and suicide in rural areas. It has now been included under the HealthPlay banner in the hope that it will tour widely, especially in the bush, to combat the rise of suicide in those areas. For all details and bookings check our “What’s On” page.

Our Plays

The company has twelve plays in its repertoire, based on true stories with a positive message.

OUT OF THE BLUE

outoftheblue

Suicide in a country town

THE CARER

Rediscovering Joy

FOUR FUNERALS IN ONE DAY

Death, Grief and Living

HEAR ME

The Quality of Healthcare

MY DOG HAS STRIPES

Understanding Depression

NEVER TOO OLD

You’re Never Too Old!

SIX DEGREES OF DIABETES

Men with Diabetes

THE EMPTY CHAIR

Dealing with Dementia

WICKED WIDOWS

A Comment on Widowhood

A PILL, A PUMP AND A NEEDLE

Women with Diabetes

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE

Coping with Prostate Cancer

DO YOU KNOW ME?

Aged Care