Mental Health Week 2018: Hannah Smith, actors Jack Howell, Breigh Angove to present schizophrenia play Inside Out at Murray Bridge High School

Challenging roles: Breigh Angove and Jack Howell rehearse for Inside Out. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Challenging roles: Breigh Angove and Jack Howell rehearse for Inside Out. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

First things first: this is not the Pixar movie.

The Inside Out to be presented by young theatre producer Hannah Smith at Murray Bridge High School's drama workshop tomorrow is, instead, the confronting story of a young man's experience with schitzophrenia, and his mother's struggles to understand and cope.

"I think a lot of people who have a family member with a mental health issue will understand the (mother) character," Hannah said.

"I think it's really great it's ... from the point of view of the mother, which is something that doesn't get talked about as much."

Jack Howell will play the son and Breigh Angove the mother.

"I just hope I can do it justice and treat it with enough respect," Jack said.

Likewise, Breigh said it was a privilege to inhabit the role.

Though this is Mental Health Week, Hannah said the timing was a coincidence.

She had simply wanted to broaden her theatrical resume beyond musicals to strengthen her application to the drama centre at Flinders University, where she hoped to study next year.

She stumbled across the show's script, by Australian playwright Mary Rachel Brown, 18 months ago, and said she had been waiting ever since for the right moment to put it on.

"It's very well written," she said.

"In this script everything has meaning - even the little tiny jokes you can't take out because it means something later in the play."

The play is rated MA15+ for course language and strong themes and runs for almost an hour and a half.

Counselling and support

If you need help with a mental health issue, talk to your GP or contact SANE Australia on 1800 18 SANE, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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