Shalom House residents to act in Fringe World show about addiction

Peter Lyndon-James from Shalom House. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d468014
Peter Lyndon-James from Shalom House. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d468014

RESIDENTS from drug rehabilitation group Shalom House will showcase their acting skills in an shocking and touching show as part of the Perth Fringe Festival next month.

The live production, Anyman, is based on founder and chief executive Peter Lyndon-James’ book Tough Love and takes audiences on the journey of addiction and the ripple effect it has on families and communities.

The show, which has been written and directed by Jane Hille and presented by Fenceline Theatre Company, tells the story of Mr Lyndon-James and many other people struggling with addiction.

Lyndon-James said the story would tell the real life story that so many people were currently facing and the heartbreak, pain and financial misery families were left with.

“The person who chooses addiction doesn’t just hurt themselves. It causes a ripple effect and hurts everyone around them,” he said.

“I’m hoping this show will empower families and they can see what they need to do in this situation and not what they may want to do.

“Often families are the biggest enablers of those with addiction issues as they try to help them by letting them stay with them, but it only makes them worse.”

Lyndon-James admits that the production will be confronting and eye-opening.

“It shows the story of addiction from beginning to end and all the horrible parts of it,” he said.

“It’s shocking and tragic, but also will touch the hearts of many people.”

He said that all of the actors in the production were the men currently in his program at Shalom House.

“They’ve been rehearsing three to four times a week for the past five months and they’ve done so well,” he said.

“My main aim is to get the message out there and help as many people as I can, in whatever way that may be.

“I would encourage people to come and see the production as it could help them one day.”

Anyman will play at the Maali Mia Theatre in Middle Swan in February.

For tickets or more information visit http://fringeworld.com.au /whats_on/anyman-fw2018

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