This drama portrays a creative method of exploring and talking about mental health issues within the community. This work illustrated at grassroots level a process of community healing through the performance of “Bedlam “, which strings together narrative and the stigmatisation of mental health issues from community members themselves.
We used performance and created a narrative from genuine accounts, forum theatre and other methods of audience interaction. We create a setting and vehicle in which community members can discuss, think creatively and accomplish greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues. This process also helps community members to stay well and learn new ways of keeping active and maintaining well-being.
It was a really great experience performing for the first time with the rest of the group. It went really well. Better than rehearsals, which was surprised me. The audience seemed to enjoy it as well :). Just like to say thanks for all the support. it’s been great working with the group. I never thought I would actually perform in front of an audience. It’s a huge stepping stone for me. I only joined just under a year ago and my confidence has improved so much. It’s been a great experience working with you guys, the environment is so supportive. Glad I stuck with it. Now I’ve proved to myself that I can do it. Antonio
Photographs taken by Karen Morris