VOICES: The Carrical Project is a collection of true stories exploring the tragic loss and debilitating stigma of mental illness and the creativity, character, and hope that can spring out of it.

Candlelight Productions and Servants Community Housing proudly present…


Based on true stories, VOICES is a theatre production about men with mental illness living in a rooming house in Hawthorn. The first season was so well received by the audience and industry that Candelight Productions are bringing it back for a second season in September 2011. It's moving, funny, unsettling and heart-warming – see it if you've ever met, cared for, judged or worked with someone with a mental illness… it might change your life.

Back in 2009 a group of Scotch College students met with low-income rooming house residents, many of whom live with long-term mental illness. In VOICES the boys shared the stories they heard in a group-devised performance. VOICES tackles the tragic loss and stigma of mental-illness and addiction, and the creativity, character, and hope that can spring out of it. This original season was a collaboration between Servants In Hawthorn Inc. and Scotch College, and was made possible through the generosity of the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Designed to destigamatise mental health issues, this show aims to give you a more holistic and compassionate understanding for people living with mental illnesses. It will serve as both an effective educational tool and a portrayal of the human side of mental illnesses.


  • highlights social issues surrounding mental health (preceding Mental Health Week in October 2011),
  • presents the personal impacts of mental health issues beyond a purely clinical approach, and
  • addresses the social stigma that surrounds mental illness.


Below is a short preview for the upcoming video documentary Voices From Carrical that follows the original cast on their journey of development and discovery. Produced and Directed by Ryan Bird.

VOICES runs between 1st – 17th September.

Tickets are $17.50 – $30 and are available at www.candlelightproductions.com.au.

Enquiries: [email protected] or 9017 0104.

Allocated seating applies, so book early to get good seats!

Please note: VOICES is recommended for people 15 years of age or more. It contains adult themes, occasional coarse language, partial nudity and the use of herbal cigarettes. Candlelight Productions does not believe that any of this is gratuitous but please contact them if you have any concerns.

This event is made possible through the kind support of the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Servants Community Housing.


Thursday 1 September @ 8pm (PREVIEW)
Friday 2 September @ 8pm (OPENING NIGHT)
Saturday 3 September @ 3pm / 8pm

Thursday 8 September @ 8pm
Friday 9 September @ 8pm
Saturday 10 September @ 3pm / 8pm

Thursday 15 September @ 8pm
Friday 16 September @ 8pm
Saturday 17 September @ 3pm / 8pm (CLOSING NIGHT)


The Open Stage, Melbourne University

757 Swanston Street, Parkville 3010
Melbourne, Australia