April 17, 2014

Cawthra Park Secondary School students shed light on post-traumatic stress disorder in Macbeth

Cawthra Park Secondary School students will tackle the struggles of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a reinterpretation of Macbeth, taking place from April 24 to 26 at the Cawthra Park Theatre. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support programs that assist veterans who suffer from the disorder.

“Our retelling of Macbeth follows the journey of a tormented Canadian soldier returning from Afghanistan, depicting the emotional turmoil that unravels in the form of a nightmare” says Randolph Swyer, dramatic arts teacher at Cawthra Park. “With conventions of movement, sound and visual images blended together to evoke symptoms of PTSD, the play emphasizes Macbeth’s mental health throughout his journey.”

Cawthra Park will be partnering with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) to raise awareness of PTSD and provide support and assistance to veterans who suffer from the disorder. OBC’s mission is to  cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. The organization offers courses and programs for individuals and groups alike.

The school matinee will take place on April 25 at 10 a.m. and performances will be held April 24 to 26 at 7 p.m. Cawthra Park Theatre is located at 1305 Cawthra Road in Mississauga. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the night of the show. For matinee bookings, please contact Patti Mazzacato at 905-274-1271, ext. 406.

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Media contact: Randolph Swyer, Dramatic Arts Teacher, Cawthra Park Secondary School, [email protected]

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communication Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, [email protected]

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