Friday Evening @ Wildspace

Doors open at 6.30 and the show is 7 – 10pm.

What is a This Is My Brave Show?

A TIMBA show is authentic lived experience of peoples own stories of living with mental illness told in a raw and honest way live on stage. Our show is not cast from experienced story tellers. The cast is drawn from members of the community. Anybody is welcome to tell their story in a TIMBA show. It is an opportunity for those who may feel like just another statistic within the health system, to be heard. TIMBA is a safe and comforting environment where not only the producers offer support but the collective cast create a bond of understanding and acceptance.

Why story telling?

Story telling allows our brain to put together thoughts, through the act of writing a story, that are fragmented and disconnected due to a disjointed internal dialogue, into a more linear progression which aligns better with our own values which can help draw meaning from our experiences and help make it easier to plan a way forward.

Narrative is basic to the way the brain makes sense of the world around it

“The mindful telling of our tale can be greatly healing of unresolved issues in our life”
Nueropsychiatrist Daniel Seigel (2007)

“Where there is hurt there has to be a healing. In healing, people’s stories become the centerpiece for social action, where the storytellers are the teachers and the listeners learn how they should act in response to what is heard.”
Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (2012) member of the Harvard Global Mental Health Scientific Research Alliance awarded the Fritz Redlick Memorial Award for Human Rights and Mental Health, serves on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Scientific Advisory Committee on Closing the Gap research

Why in front of an audience?

The benefits of being heard (for the story teller)

“When we don’t have these outlets to express ourselves, it can often lead to negative consequences for everyone involved. Being heard is important for both ourselves and others. It’s a part of healthy communication, and it leads to solutions we won’t find if we just ignore one another.”
The Power of Being Heard: How Listening to Others Helps Empower Them, Steven Handel

“If that sense of being neglected and disregarded and taken advantage of is the biggest obstacle to progress, from their perspective, then you can partly address that by providing an experience of being heard,”
Byron Saxe, an associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences and associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.

The benefits of Deep Listening (for the audience)

Deep listening is also called “dadirri” in indigenous areas of Southern Queensland.

Deep listening describes the processes of deep and respectful listening to build community—a way of encouraging people to explore and learn culture, knowledge and understanding. For non indigenous peoples it can be called contemplation.

“In our Aboriginal way, we learnt to listen from our earliest days. We could not live good and useful lives unless we listened. This was the normal way for us to learn – not by asking questions. We learnt by watching and listening, waiting and then acting.”
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River)

“It does wonders for a person to just be still and listen to someone else talk about their life and how they probably came through things. You never know what you’ll learn”.—Archie Roach, Aboriginal singer and songwriter

Why a theatre show?

Finding a place where we feel significant and where we are contributing can sometimes be the best medicine for a host of problems. Our shows are based on inclusion, community and a common goal

Personal growth, emotional maturity, and finding one’s self are some of the hopes we have for the cast. We encourage our cast to cooperate with each other respectfully in a safe and supportive environment, risk creatively, and hopefully discover new truths about themselves and the world around them. These three main values provide a therapeutic framework for our theatrical processes.

Putting a show together is enjoyable and takes people out of their day to day lives and into one that is creative, imaginative and exciting. Being backstage, seeing how the lighting and sound come together to make a show, what clothes do you wear for your performance, inviting friends and family to YOUR show is an experience that most will never have the opportunity to be involved in.