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Marooned Fight For Life a new tool in the fight against suicide. Storytelling has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s how we communicate. We’re Now here for you!

We’d like to talk to anyone about bringing a powerful and effective Suicide Prevention play to your community.

That’s what the play actually is, “A MIND health treatment plan for your community.”

The play is called “Marooned Fight For Life” & its achieving quite remarkable goals across Australia. Soon to be worldwide with our feature film in development.

Our Army & mining Giant Rio Tinto have previously invested in it taking it to North Queensland. Our play has toured to several towns where we work collectively hand in hand with other local mental health organisations.

This play was written after one of the writer’s friends committed suicide. The writer wanted to try to convince others not to do the same. We, without any initial funding staged it just as a dedication to this lost friend.

The goal, to write a suicide prevention play that rids the stigma of suicide & get the conversation started with the most cost effective way to tour a stage production especially to remote towns.

That held an audience’s attention and entertained them.

That left them feeling uplifted, even especially after coronavirus with millions affected world wide mental health is at an all time low. This Play leaves viewers feeling hopeful in these times of darkness, enabling them see the light at the end of the tunnel & inspired to ultimately choose life.

The play is seen by many as a new tool in the fight against the duel scourges of suicide, the fact that people do it and the silence that surrounds it. It does this even with people who don’t come to see it. How? From when it’s first announced that it’s coming to your town the conversation starts.

The way it works is, once it’s announced that play is coming, it starts a conversation. “Should we go see it?” “I googled it. It has all these great reviews.”

People google it and start wondering and discussing if they should see it. Then the local mainstream media, print & radio run articles on it and this also gets people talking. While they are talking about Marooned the real conversation is about suicide. Then when the play is on the conversation reaches its pinnacle & feedback from all the towns we performed at shows us that the conversation continues well after we’ve moved on.

But the most important conversation the play starts is directly after the show when the towns people are having supper. The emotional journey of the play opens people up and this warm and often frank conversation is the foundation for change. It begins to rid the stigma. With a Celebrity line up of world champion boxers Actors reality TV stars, all carefully selected with their own personal stories of life’s trials and tribulations to triumph and success proving
“it’s not what happens to you in life to tell you deal with it” inspires all. Even & Often local mental health professionals are there to join in and even facilitate these conversations & any possible after care.

It opens the conversation around Better “Mind health”.

This is when your local mental health organisations can join in on these conversations and inform these people to all the local services that your health system provides.

Best of all our play specifically resonates with men, both young & old, getting them to open up & start talking.
Men statistically are three times more likely to take their own life.

”Rurally statistics are even higher”

Recently the Army sent down their top Psychiatrist to see our suicide prevention play Marooned Fight for Life. We were very nervous. A lot of people in the Army want this play toured to all the ADF’s mainland bases as they believe it can help. Especially dealing with PTSD

But they weren’t this man.

The play went on & afterwards waiting for his assessment. He not only gave it a ringing endorsement but called it a remarkable achievement. He said it never preached or judged, and it was never boring. Instead it held you engrossed for the entire time and left you feeling uplifted and with a strong desire to live.

To Choose Life

For Example

Last weekend in Colac, a town with its own unfortunate history of suicides Marooned was bought by RRRTAG for 2 shows. At first the audience, a full house was cagey. How could a play about suicide be entertaining? At the end of the first show the audience lifted to their feet and gave the actors a standing ovation. Then in the following show a new audience did the same.

The stage is a waiting room in the afterlife and the benches and chairs that make up that room can be sourced in the town where the play is being staged. All that has to be toured is the actors, a tech, celebrity Ambassador & Publicist.

Marooned Fight For Life has the rare opportunity & ability to have see Corporations & Unions working together to bring it to their workplaces a positive mindset Insuring there communities not being reactive & at the effects of life.
But finally in charge of there positive “mind health” within the workplace.

Even though we use (what are seen as) unsafe words, Even though the end of our play appears to be a terrible tragedy.
Our audiences afterwards stay & share their lived experience with our cast stating they feel uplifted and hang around for ages not only wanting to congratulate us, but to embrace the characters & talk openly about suicide.
It is clear at the end of the production where loads of people are left profoundly moved touched & inspired, still wanting to talk constructively about suicide, is a breeding ground for positive change.

Marooned Beacon Fight For Life is now an active tool that can be used across Australia by everyone & mental health organizations to inspire viewers to choose life.

The reason the play is having success and why so many people are coming back to see it is because it’s not about death, it’s about life.

Chris Grant 379



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Who is 1620?

We never know his name just his statistic, 1620.

After trying to take his own life his soul ends up Marooned in a waiting room In the afterlife with three other strangers.

But although he’s stuck his journey is far from over. The longer he’s here his growing yearning to get home quickly eclipses the reason why he left in the first place.

But despite this hunger he is still Marooned. Finally he understands that to get home they all have to help each other. Easier said than done since some of them don’t want to face their problems.

But driven by a want to get back to his family he succeeds in getting them all to open up and in doing so brings them all together. He builds a community.

This man, who arrived broken, shows us all how much he still has to offer the world and becomes the room’s unsung hero.

But will it be enough for them to be sent home?

And that’s how the play works, for the more we get to know and love these four characters the more we fear that they won’t, and hope they will, be sent back.

And it is this growing clash between fear and hope that let’s us all remember just how precious life is.

How a community benefits

Most communities are struggling with suicide and getting ongoing conversations happening about it is hard.

But once it’s announced that this play is coming to the town the conversation can start. Should they go see it? What’s it about? Why does it have so many good reviews? Why did the Army buy it?

The conversation is about the play but in reality it’s about suicide.

Then when the play is on because it surprises people with how well it does work the conversation flourishes. After the show people often hang around for ages talking about the play and the issues raised, and because the play is such a communally uplifting experience these conversations are warm.

Often we have local mental health professionals there to join in with these conversations.

Through 768, the female character we explore time poverty and real loneliness. But in this room she too finds her second wind.


More Reviews

  • Marooned: brilliantly written and performed about one of the most taboo life topics – suicide. If not for anything, this profound and confronting play sensitively provides insight into each character’s story without prejudice and judgement and allows the audience to be a part of their individual and collective journey. The audience can relate, rejoice, grieve and smile even at times laugh with the cast who so wonderfully portray their characters. Humour is appropriately used to ensure the powerful message, while humility and humanity prevail. A definite must see – even for the faint hearted. Life is too short and precious. Go see it. Despina Poursanidis
  • Michael’s play is captivating as these four people, through ribbing, humour, affection even, are forced to look at their past and current selves in a new light. Compelling performances. It gives me some hope that the current appalling rate of male suicide may turn a corner. That the futility of suicide and the impact on those left behind is talked about in a way that cuts through. Asking are you ok is not enough. Go see it. Felicity May
  • Through 768, the female character we explore time poverty and real loneliness. But in this room she too finds her second wind. Andrew Thomson
  • I will go so far as to say this play will save lives ! Well done!!!!! Alicia Mann Mckirdy
  • Marooned is a fantastic play dealing with “life issues” and what it means or doesn’t mean to be a man in today’s diverse world. Entertaining, funny, sad, and thoughtful. Not to be missed! Damien Mecoles
  • Marooned is a ballsy show. Michael Gray Griffith is a playwright offering a brave male voice, rare in contemporary Australian theatre. Ezra Bix
  • The family and I went along to this show last night and I can tell you it created discussion in the car….It’s not any easy subject matter to watch, but it was performed brilliantly. For men my age, it’s a wakeup call not to be so hard on yourself. Frank Damiani
  • It is a difficult thing to write about suicide in a meaningful and entertaining way. It is a difficult thing to write about men’s issues these days when nearly no one else is doing it. It is a difficult thing to present a work that is engrossing and captivating and yet devoid of any frills, relying simply on it’s own elegant merits. Michael and the four extraordinary actors playing have succeeded beyond belief. Alf Albini
  • I laughed, I cried, I felt. It's raw and extremely real. We all know these people, we can identify with their pain. The actors are beyond amazing, the writing is phenomenal. It was the occasional shuffling of bodies that brought you back to reality that reminded you that it was a Play. It will stay with you forever. Natalie Powel
  • I believe this play is a must see by all ages. from all walks of life, as the for characters cover a broad spectrum of society. However, I found it particularly relatable from my own perspective as a father and as a military member. They even had some humorous dialogue around weapon maintenance. Rather dark humour given the topic, but fantastic for creating a connection with a military audience. Major S
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this yesterday. If you got the chance recommended very highly. Author Michael Gray Griffith has a way with dialogue, with an (tussle flavour. Funny, touching and poignant. Groat performances by all Involved. Brian Moloney
  • I think it's fair to say any play that holds your attention and makes you laugh and cry for over 90 minutes without a break is something special. Having just been in the audience, I can tell you this is that play. Miss it at your peril. Simon Walters

Bringing the play to your town

The play has a minimal set which we can construct from seats or benches found in your town. The lighting and sound set ups are also simple. If we can drive to your town and back in a day the basic cost is $3800 per show and we pay the actors out of that. But if we need to stay over then you will need to add accommodation costs.

We can stage Marooned in a theatre or a hall, or if it’s a warm night we can perform it outside. We are also able and willing to help with marketing, digital images for posters, flyers, social media posts. And we can do radio interviews and podcasts at no extra cost.

This simple table breaks it down. For more details please contact us.

The Story So Far

We expected the first season to be rough. No one knew us. No one at the time had heard of the venue and the play was about “Suicide”. We were very nervous and all we really had behind us was each other and our belief in the piece.

But from the first night the audiences were raving. Michael Gray Griffith Andrew Thompson from The Wedge Theatre in Sale loved it so much, he booked it for one night from his seat. To prepare for this we put it on again and again we filled up.

Since then we have been in the MTC’s Lawler Theatre and have been brought by the towns of Corowa, Yarrawonga and Colac. We also took the play down to Frankston.

Now we are in final discussions with The ADF about a tour to all their mainland bases

And we just had a great show in Canberra for all the heads of the ADF.

Now we are heading to Ballarat, Gladstone, Finley and several other towns are due to get back.


The Not For Profit Wolves Theatre Company Board

  • Aarne Neeme A.O Dramaturge
  • Bruce Whalley Dramaturge
  • Kathryn Sponsorship
  • Anthony Bendall Legal

Bringing the play to your town

The play has a minimal set which we can construct from seats or benches found in your town. The lighting and sound set ups are also simple. If we can drive to your town and back in a day the basic cost is $3800 per show and we pay the actors out of that. But if we need to stay over then you will need to add accommodation costs.

We can stage Marooned in a theatre or a hall, or if it’s a warm night we can perform it outside. We are also able and willing to help with marketing, digital images for posters, flyers, social media posts. And we can do radio interviews and podcasts at no extra cost.

This simple table breaks it down. For more details please contact us.

The Story So Far

Rohana & I don’t claim nor desire to be a Mental Health Organization we are just madly passionate about producing new theatre. Fresh pieces that excite, challenge and entertain audiences.

We originally formed The Wolves Theatre Company to show that in an ageist society mature creatives could be original, challenging and pertinent. Now The Wolves are carving a name for themselves as one of the most innovative and exciting contemporary theatre companies in the
country.

Our growing pack produce our own bold, engaging and poignant pieces aimed mainly at the 40 plus demographic.

In the last two years we have staged four new plays.

  • The Magnolia Tree
  • Touring Regional Victoria 2020
  • When Icebergs Burn
  • Directed by Aarne Neeme
  • Tour ready
  • Marooned currently touring
  • Adrifting
  • A comedy about letting go.

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