Mental illness is just that, another form of illness.
Whether you are dealing with society pressures or the little voice inside you controlling your physical and emotional being, mental illness can happen to anyone, at any time, at any degree.
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, 1 in 3 Malaysians suffer from mental health problems.
Dr. Chua Sook Ning, founder of Relate Malaysia says "You don't need to be severely ill to deserve help". Her mission is to help Malaysians live mentally healthy lives.
Both Dr. Chua and EJA Productions, Assistant Director, Alexis Wong, are long-time friends who previously attended McGuill University in Canada together. Dr. Chua graduated with a PHD in clinical psychology while Wong graduated with a degree in theatre and psychology.
In her years of practice, Dr. Chua realised how very little people know off psychotherapy. “Society still has this bad habit where they think only crazy people see a psychologist when in actual fact, that is far from the truth,” she says. In conversation, Chua asked if Wong would be interested to do a play on therapy and Remedy was born. Wong says, “Therapy is really a journey to get to know yourself more. We want to educate the general public to view therapy as a healthy and helpful choice for themselves. The decision to go for therapy is made from the desire to understand themselves more and to grow and improve on their current state of mind.”
Making his directorial debut in his first full length production, Jeremy Ooi adds, "We hope Remedy will allow people to embrace community and the importance of it. They should leave the theatre hall wanting to continue to learn to accept and respond to one another”.
This is EJA Productions 3rd stage debut titled Remedy. They previously staged full house shows with Duncan Macmillan's Lungs and Harold Pinter's betrayal.
Evening shows : 15th ‐ 18th March @ 8.30pm (RM45 flat rate)
Preview Night, 15th March, RM25
Q & A with Dr. Chua, 16th March (after the show)
10% discount for DPAC members
Venue : Damansara Performing Arts Centre
BFM: Playing with therapy