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31 Jul 2018

Platform Papers: Falling Through The Gaps: our artists' health and welfare

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR PLATFORM PAPERS BOOK LAUNCH WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1

MARK R. W. WILLIAMS STUDY OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
LAUNCHED BY SIMON BURKE AO



‘Some years ago’, writes Mark Williams, ‘an international cabaret performer was told by a sensible
Australian aunt: “All you’ll have at the end is a scrapbook and some memories.”’

Are things better for our performance artists in Australia today?
Williams says no, and studies show that among professional artists and crews, the level of mental ill-health and suicidal
ideation and suicide is up to nine times that of the general population. In a stark reflection on the history of performers’ practice,
Williams shows how government and industry services, in applying the principle, ‘A fair go for all,’ have unwittingly discriminated
against those who work irregular hours in hard conditions at low pay because it is their calling.
                                 
Join Mark Williams for drinks and an insight into the growing mental health issues for our performing artists.

THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND OF NSW AND STA FUND
Conditions that come with working in theatre can be precarious and stressful, sometimes resulting in mental health problems.
The STA Fund was established to offer financial support to theatre workers, actors, creatives and technicians,
to assist with the cost of receiving professional help for such times.
The STA fund is a shared initiative between Sydney Theatre Awards and Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW
 
WHERE: DENTON'S SEMINAR ROOM
                LEVEL 16
                77 PITT STREET (between King & Market Streets
TIME:      6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
COST:     $15  (including copy of the book)

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