Bay Street Productions and HealthPlay
In 1997, Bay Street Productions was one of the first to bring the worlds of art and health together, under the banner, HealthPlay. Subsequently, it has staged over 400 performances around Australia, using a total of 28 professional actors, in 11 different plays.
Perhaps an illustration of how this demand for HealthPlay increased is, that in October 2012, three different plays were staged in three different States in five days, followed by a 20 city Victorian tour with “The Empty Chair”, a play about dementia. Earlier in the year, “Six Degrees of Diabetes” toured Victorian community centres and workplaces before a tour of mining centres in South Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
A HealthPlay production presents the audience with three steps towards understanding and ongoing communication: one, the play to entertain and educate; two, the forum in which questions arising from the play are answered and three, a chance to forge ongoing links with professionals and support groups, that will continue long after the play has gone.