Me, Myself and Mind
Me, Myself and Mind is a 35 minute performance comprising 10 individual scenes.
Each of the ten scenes is accompanied by a pdf with a lesson plan and teaching resources.
Overview of contents
Me, Myself and Mind is a 34 minute performance by six, senior members of Byron Youth Theatre.
It contains ten short scenes which explore different mental health issues.
Recommended viewing age is 14+
The content has the potential to trigger anyone experiencing mental health issues and we advise teachers to check all materials before sharing with their students and be ready to support any student who may need help.
These scenes were devised BY young people FOR young people in an extensive research and development process created by Byron Youth Theatre.
The content of each scene is outlined below.
SCENE 1 – OPENING
A short spoken word vignette introducing prominent questions we all face concerning our mental health as well as some simple actions which can assist us. It reminds the viewer that we can all benefit from support and awareness.
SCENE 2 – PROBLEMS R US
This dark comedy scene was created to put a spin on some facts and figures concerning mental health issues in Australia experienced by young people. Presented as a fictitious TV show, Problems R US depicts the TV host and crew assisting a young man who is feeling out of place because he has no problems at all.
SCENE 3 – YOUR HANDS, MY HANDS
A powerful slam poem written by Ebony Webb, an original cast member ( 2014) that delves deeply into the psychological mindframe of a person dealing with a range of mental health issues that originate from childhood experiences. It covers the mental health issues of depression, anxiety, non suicidal self harm and low self esteem. It is written as self reflective acknowledgement of all that has been experienced and a loving pledge of support to oneself.
SCENE 4 – WE PLANNED TO TRAVEL
Created in 2020 during lockdown this scene follows three young people from completing their HSC to realising their plans to travel have been ruined due to pandemic.
SCENE 5 – MONKEY ON YOUR BACK
A physical scene depicting self loathing as a real character sabotaging a person’s attempts to remain positive and free from anxiety.
SCENE 6 – BLANK CANVAS
Created during the lockdown of 2020 when Director Lisa Apostolides invited all 14 BYT cast members to share their thoughts and feelings about the current pandemic leading into the development of their How on Earth Part 1 production. Blank canvas is based on a talented artist’s experiences during this time.
SCENE 7 – PARENT TRAP
This scene depicts a young person dealing with her parents who seem unaware of the current issues of climate change.
SCENE 8 – HIR POEM
SCENE 9 – CONTAINER
A young couple struggle with the challenges of the current changes in the world.
SCENE 10 – ENDING
Cast members share some of their personal strategies to maintain positive mental health