Dramatic trio take the stage for mental health

St John Fisher College Campus Minister Julie McCoy, ex-student, Georgina Lock (2018) and ex-teacher Gary Conwell are the local trio of leads in acclaimed Broadway Rock-Opera- "Next to Normal". Performed by theatre group JAFA St Joseph and St Anthony Parish, Bracken Ridge the production will dovetail into Mentalhealthweek with all profits donated to headspace and Centrecare’ s Catholic Psychiatric Ministry.

Julie McCoy says; “The production is poignant and timely as we mark Mental Health Week. I feel honoured to be a part of a production that explores issues that I feel should not be swept under the rug”.

In the production, playwright, Brian Yorkey brings to audiences a script laced with all the frustration, pathos and heartbreak that occur in a family trying to cope with a wife and mother affected by Bipolar Disorder. Add to this complex story, a stirring musical score by Tom Kitt, and it becomes a Pulitzer Prize winning Rock Opera which highlights the loss of self for the wife, Diana, and the dilemma she faces in choosing an appropriate therapeutic treatment that works for her.

Producer and director, Lisa Harrison, comments; “There are moments of levity and moments of seriousness which are represented in an authentic and thought-provoking manner by the scintillating and soaring musical score.”

The performance will be held at the Father Bernie Costigan Centre, 30 Eldorado Street Bracken Ridge on 27 & 28 September at 8:00pm, 4& 5 October at 8:00p and 6 October at 7pm.  Please note the musical contains mature themes.

Tickets are an affordable $20 and can be purchased at https://www.trybooking.com/BDJRN.​