Friday, 01 February 2013
A play presented by Canterbury Christ Church Students' Union addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, including an open discussion following each performance.
Nine-year-old Max Gray feels bombarded by the numerous portrayals and opinions of ‘mad’ and ’crazy’ people in the media, on TV and at school.
Max’s Mum, Alice Gray, works at the ‘Exhibition of the Neurologically Diverse’: an exhibition to E.N.D the stigma surrounding mentally diverse individuals, such as those with schizophrenia, autism, bipolar and depression (the greatly stigmatised mental health issues of the 21st century).
Over a weekend, Max and Mum confront mental health labels and the reality of mental diversity, with revelations, acceptance and surprises for Max.
This play contains a mix of reality and fiction in order to discuss the fascinating world of the neuro-diverse, including poems, literature and art.
The play adopts a positive appraisal of mental health issues, acknowledging that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue, along with the ensuing discrimination.
Many of you may know someone who has been diagnosed with a mental health label, or have been diagnosed yourself. This performance attempts to dispel the stigma surrounding these labels and frames them more positively – however, it is not our intention to trivialise mental health or to belittle the very real suffering thousands of people and their families experience every day.
We present to you the views, ideas and research of our writer, Chloe Tyler, through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, Max. In this way, we are viewing mental health with the innocence and honesty of a child in order to change popular and largely incorrect social beliefs and stereotypes.
As the audience we encourage you to stay after the play finishes to have your say on the themes portrayed, its premise and the truth of the ‘NEUROLOGICALLY DIVERSE’ individual in the real world.
Max and Alice bear the surname ‘Gray’ in memory of Graham Tyler; father, husband, guitar player, with schizophrenia, who wrote a song titled ‘If You Love Fish and Chips’ and who had two daughters.
*Please be advised that the play will be filmed*
Performances are on the 1st and 2nd of February at 8pm (doors open 7.40pm), Tickets cost £4. To book please go to the Student Union website www.ccsu.co.uk/stigmaphrenia
This event is open to the public.
Venue: Canterbury, St Gregory's Church (performance venue)
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