by Pauline Hosking

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by Pauline Hosking

Andy is a 17 year old boy with schizophrenia. His older sister and father struggle with confusion, guilt, jealousy and anger on their way to gaining an understanding of his illness. The play ends on a positive note with Andy regaining some control over his life. It can be performed with four characters and has a running time of one hour.

This YA play was included in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Playlist for Drama and Theatre Studies. It was performed at St. Martins Youth Arts Centre and toured regional Victoria. It won the VicHealth award for Innovation in Health Promotion.

During its first tour the play was performed to over 1,120 secondary school students. After each show a panel of mental health experts and/or clients was available to answer questions from the audience.

The second tour concentrated on Western Victoria and a performance for the Rural Psychiatrists Association in Ballarat. My Bed is a Crocodile was funded by VicHealth, Sane Australia, The Sidney Myer Fund and the Besen Family Foundation.

Winner of the 2000 VicHealth award for Innovation in Health Promotion. Included on the VCAA Drama/Theatre Studies Playlist for 1999.

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