INSPIRING CHANGE -Mental Health Festival

Inspiring Change

A Festival of Plays and Wrap-around events celebrating a Positive Approach to Mental Health

Sunday May 13th to Sunday June 24th 2018

The Festival sits around a collection of one-act plays, many of which have been created for Inspiring Change, which span a wide range of mental health issues and related topics. Wrapped around this are a series of other events, creative and informative, to give insight into positive practice and to build links between the mental health sector and the arts.

INSPIRING CHANGE runs from 13th May to 24th June in ten venues in Surrey and London. It features the work of eight performance companies plus a wonderfully diverse range of speakers, workshop leaders, poets and artists.

We want the Festival to ask questions and raise awareness, to profile the great work that is already going on, and to give people the opportunity to learn a little about a range of aspects of mental health.

We also want to develop a positive and compassionate mental health-in-the-arts community. Please keep in touch with us. If you are already involved in this process please let us know and we will talk about what you are doing. Come and support Inspiring Change, participate, be part of the change. The conversation has begun; there’s so much we can do from here.

Beth Wood – Artistic Director of Prospero Theatre and Director of Mind Fitness

bethwood@prosperotheatre.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NB Most plays are approx. 50 mins

Other pieces vary – please check times

Booking: https://www.mindfitness.training/inspiring-change/

Sunday 13 May

Network Theatre

Waterloo London

7.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

http://bit.ly/2J07Sxd

When Daisies Talk by Mica Montana

 A series of poems that explore identity, spirituality, mental health, diagnosis, healing and the transformational potential of depressive and psychotic episodes. The poet is a young psychologist at the forefront of her career who through her own lived experiences, learnt that sometimes those experiences we call ‘break downs’ are necessary for the ‘breaking through’ of self and soul.

I need to have a Word with you – Memoir by Michael Hartigan

I Need to Have a Word with You is an autobiographical mental health memoir by young writer and performer Michael Hartigan. It is a moving perspective on the way the world changes for a young man with autism when the safe spaces he needed so badly prove treacherous.

Talk by James Scurry of Safely Held Spaces

Safely Held Spaces is an inspirational organisation that helps people who are experiencing mental health distress find safe, compassionate and supportive spaces in their local communities.

Films by Freewheelers

Steep Rain (5 mins)

One in a Million (10 mins

Moment(o)s by Elaine Paton – Play

 ‘Mentally cracking up, the self you know fractures, rupturing the ground you stand on.   Inexpressible interior sensations, hidden from the outside eye, lurk beneath the surface, threatening to engulf any of us at any time.’

Moment(o)s, in the tradition of Cabaret, exposes the hidden, challenges the status quo and revels in celebrating the socially unacceptable in a subversive romp through the vicissitudesof mental breakdown. Based on Elaine’s autobiographical experiences, this production will be a combination of film and live performance. www.elainepaton.org

After show Q&A, with Elaine Paton and Caroline Jones, Production Designer, about the process of making Moment(o)s  and the importance of challenging the stigma surrounding mental distress.

Facilitated by Malcolm Stern, therapist and director of Alternatives, St James Church, Piccadilly.

Tuesday 15th May

Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Seven Sisters London

6.30pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

https://bit.ly/2Iv7ztb

Talk – #time4change – Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Principle of The Musical Theatre Academy, London

Play 1 – Last Flight Out by Jenny Lockyer

An original one woman show inspired by the life of the record breaking pilot, Amy Johnson.  Amy had her ambitions and she flew at them, living her life for adventure and the future of aviation. In 1930, she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia.

We meet Amy in a world of mixed memories, desires, wishes and ambitions and as we find out about her life we can start to see how the pieces fit and the tools Amy used to bring her dreams to reality.

Play 2 – Bastards in the Black Hole by Prospero Theatre

Bastards is the debut play of talented young writer Rebecca Riley, written in the physical ensemble style of Prospero. Ashley, a young performer, almost watches as her ambition and acute stage fright collide. So you’ve shut yourself in a costume cupboard with four mannequins and you can’t breathe. Where do you go from here?

Play 3 – Manifest by Urban Interface

A short expressive work, turning inner feelings into physicality and revealing the performers darker moments and achievements from their lives within a modern arts industry. The piece collaborates contemporary and urban styles as well as each performer’s improvisational movement and spoken word. ‘Manifest’ demonstrates a truthful story focusing on how wellbeing translates in movement and is relatable to those not only within the arts but to all dream-chasers alike.

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Saturday 19th May

Harlequin Theatre

Redhill Surrey

7.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

https://bit.ly/2EjIVct

Play 1 – Bastards in the Black Hole by Prospero Theatre

Bastards is the debut play of talented young writer Rebecca Riley, written in the physical ensemble style of Prospero. Ashley, a young performer, almost watches as her ambition and acute stage fright collide. So you’ve shut yourself in a costume cupboard with four mannequins and you can’t breathe. Where do you go from here?

Play 2 – Rational Self Interest by hashtag Josh Varty

An artist at the end of his career, and a world seen only through computer screens. What other choice is there but the most horrifying and dark? A stark and disturbingly funny look at the madness that is the mental health system.

Play 3 – Manifest by Urban Interface

A short expressive works, turning inner feelings into physicality and revealing the performers darker moments and achievements from their lives within a modern arts industry. The piece collaborates contemporary and urban styles as well as each performer’s improvisational movement and spoken word. ‘Manifest’ demonstrates a truthful story focusing on how wellbeing translates in movement and is relatable to those not only within the arts but to all dream-chasers alike.

Saturday 19th May

Harlequin Theatre

Redhill Surrey

http://bit.ly/2GLEbPI

Plus – 4.30 – 6.00pm

Discovering You – Workshop by yOur Own Turn led by Adebayo Onafuwa

A medley of activities centred around the process of integration. Taking hold of your mental health by discovering the person you really are. 

Sunday 20th May

Millennium Theatre Woldingham School

Woldingham Surrey

6.30pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

https://bit.ly/2EjBkdX

Play 1 – Me My Selfie and I by Jonathan Dorf, performed by Woldingham School

We live in a world of social media, one in which we seem to be recording our every experience. But are we making memories or missing out on them? Through a series of scenes and monologues—everything from stalking a celebrity crush in a restaurant, to a most unusual art exhibit, to creating that last, best selfie—we meet a group of teens who are struggling to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them.

Play 2 – Out of the Shadows by Prospero Theatre School

A brave and ambitious play devised and performed by Prospero Theatre School. Making it they wanted to draw upon their own experiences and those of young people they knew and had heard about; young people whose mental health had been affected by bullying. This is their Fight Song.

Play 3 – The Art of Being Well by Bloomin Arts

Movement, poetry and group art work come together to explore what makes us feel well. From our environment to friendship, through helping others, being part of a community and our own philosophy of life. Join us on our journey of wellbeing.

Play 4 – In Search of Happiness by Big Act Theatre School

This term The Big Act Theatre School senior group have been exploring the question “How do we find happiness?” Our creative process started with asking others for their own favourite quotes, mantras and philosophies, which led to a journey through literature, characters, poetry, song, dance, religion, fables and folklore, and ended up with us devising our own Wonderland, where we are all lost like Alice, all utterly mad as Hatters, and all searching for someone to sit with us in the dark.

Sunday 27th May

The Arc Arts Centre

Caterham Surrey

Creative Workshops 

Event 1 – 1.00pm – 2.30pm

http://bit.ly/2FUB9r3

Discovering You – Workshop by yOur Own Turn led by Adebayo Onafuwa

A medley of activities centred around the process of integration. Taking hold of your mental health by discovering the person you really are.  Tickets £15

Event 2 – 3.00pm – 4.00pm

http://bit.ly/2FXuFYG

Workshop Elephant of My Heart for children 6-10 years old by Jessica Clements

Children have great imagination! Jessica employs this in a hugely enjoyable way as the youngsters are guided through a mindfulness visualisation to meet the Animal at their Heart. This is a simple but profound way to turn within, and in doing so learn ways to find a calm and creative space. And what better friend can they have than their own heart!

– The story of the Elephant of My Heart, short visualisation and then get creative, making the animals you find.  Tickets £7.50

Event 3 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm

http://bit.ly/2G9ybm8

Workshop Elephant of My Heart for children 11-16 years old by Jessica Clements

Children have great imagination! Jessica employs this in a hugely enjoyable way as the youngsters are guided through a mindfulness visualisation to meet the Animal at their Heart. This is a simple but profound way to turn within, and in doing so learn ways to find a calm and creative space. And what better friend can they have than their own heart!

– The story of the Elephant of My Heart and creative visualisation. Tickets £7.50

Event 4 – 6.00pm – 8.00pm

http://bit.ly/2G5BZVk

Workshop – Animal of my Heart for adults by Jessica Clements

The Animal of Your Heart visualisation introduces you to a very easy method to simplify your life. It allows you to change your inner conflicts into strengths. The process is deceptively simple. You close your eyes and are guided to a door behind which is The Animal of Your Heart. Where your animal takes you is yours to find out. Join Jessica to explore inner realms with the gentlest of guides.  Tickets £15

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Sunday 3rd June

Soper Hall

Caterham Surrey

10.00am – 1.00pm Workshop – Mind Fitness Live – Unlock You!

http://bit.ly/2GNAPMj 

Mind Fitness Live is an innovative and fun workshop that helps you build resilience, reduce stress and unlock the best version of you. We harness neuroscience to teach life changing skills that enhance personal performance, wellbeing and good mental health. #unlockyou

The session is led by Mind Fitness directors Beth Wood and Andy Barker.

Tickets £25

Sunday 3rd June

Soper Hall

Caterham Surrey

2.00pm – 4.00pmRiding the Dragon- Sebastian Betchinger 

http://bit.ly/2FTLeVd

An embodied perspective on the Autonomic Nervous System and Self-Regulation
The Autonomic Nervous System governs all of our internal, physiological self-regulation as well as our stress responses. In this workshop we will address the traditional stress-responses (flight, fight and freeze), the more recently “discovered” responses, their relationships to one another and their practical applications and implications.

Tickets £20

Sunday 10th June

The Arc

Caterham Surrey

10.00am – 1.00pm – Feel Fabulous Workshop – Emily Watson

http://bit.ly/2GbM4A0

Emily has a Psychology Masters and worked in a forensic mental health setting with both adults and young people. She is now a dance and fitness instructor with Emily BH Fitness. In both contexts she is open and passionate about her own experiences and passionate about empowering all of us to know our own beauty. A sassy combination of lecture and active dance workshop. Come along and Feel Fabulous!

Tickets £25

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Sunday 10th June

The Arc

Caterham Surrey

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50 

2.00pm – Medley of Talks and Events

https://bit.ly/2q5y3d6

Talk by Phyllida Earle of Safely Held Spaces

Safely Held Spaces is an inspirational organisation that helps people who are experiencing mental health distress find safe, compassionate and supportive spaces in their local communities.

Always Tell Someone – A short film by Nigel Simmonds

This animated film encourages children to tell a responsible adult when a grown-up is really shouting at them or other children who they are with. Talking to the right people about problems can make them go away and make you feel much happier.

But Why? – A sketch by Charmaine Bourton

Damaged and Well – Mica Montana and Ronnie Pratt – A Shared response to the human tendency to break

Steep Rain – A film by Freewheelers

Self Acceptance – Seminar at 3pm by Ian Martin

Unconditional self-acceptance is a ‘direction of travel’ and not a destination. When we depreciate ourselves as a consequence of emotional crises, brought on by depression or anxiety, choosing to accept ourselves as fallible human beings is a challenge and a relief. 

Saturday 16th June

RIverhouse Barn

Walton-upon Thames Surrey

7.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

https://bit.ly/2Jit4i7

Play 1 – Rational Self Interest by hashtag Josh Varty

An artist at the end of his career, and a world seen only through computer screens. What other choice is there but the most horrifying and dark? A stark and disturbingly funny look at the madness that is the mental health system.

Play 2 – Manifest by Urban Interface

A short expressive work, turning inner feelings into physicality and revealing the performers darker moments and achievements from their lives within a modern arts industry. The piece collaborates contemporary and urban styles as well as each performer’s improvisational movement and spoken word. ‘Manifest’ demonstrates a truthful story focusing on how wellbeing translates in movement and is relatable to those not only within the arts but to all dream-chasers alike.

Films by Freewheelers Theatre

Steep Rain (5 mins)

One in a Million (10 mins)

Sunday 17th June

Mitre Theatre Trinity School

Croydon Surrey

7.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

https://bit.ly/2q9xYW6

When Daisies Talk by Mica Montana

A series of poems that explore identity, spirituality, mental health, diagnosis, healing and the transformational potential of depressive and psychotic episodes. The poet is a young psychologist at the forefront of her career who through her own lived experiences, learnt that sometimes those experiences we call ‘break downs’ are necessary for the ‘breaking through’ of self and soul.

Play 1 – The Terrible Unending Why’s by Trinity School

Two friends hooked on social media become famous in their own right. Heavily influenced by the adrenaline rush of the next like and the comments on the last photo posted, their journey of discovery is confused by a constant need for approval, until something greater and altogether more tragic happens. After the incident one friend is left alone to pick up the pieces and try to understand what could have gone so horribly wrong.

Play 2 – Bastards in the Black Hole by Prospero Theatre

Bastards is the debut play of talented young writer Rebecca Riley, written in the physical ensemble style of Prospero. Ashley, a young performer, almost watches as her ambition and acute stage fright collide. So you’ve shut yourself in a costume cupboard with four mannequins and you can’t breathe. Where do you go from here?

Play 3 – Rational Self Interest by hashtag Josh Varty

An artist at the end of his career, and a world seen only through computer screens. What other choice is there but the most horrifying and dark? A stark and disturbingly funny look at the madness that is the mental health system.

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Sunday 24th June

The Arc Arts Centre

Caterham Surrey

2.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

http://bit.ly/2GaxBo8

Play 1 – Out of the Shadows by Prospero Theatre School

A brave and ambitious play devised and performed by Prospero Theatre School. Making it they wanted to draw upon their own experiences and those of young people they knew and had heard about; young people whose mental health had been affected by bullying. This is their Fight Song.

Play 2 – In Search of Happiness by Big Act Theatre School

This term The Big Act Theatre School senior group have been exploring the question “How do we find happiness?” Our creative process started with asking others for their own favourite quotes, mantras and philosophies, which led to a journey through literature, characters, poetry, song, dance, religion, fables and folklore, and ended up with us devising our own Wonderland, where we are all lost like Alice, all utterly mad as Hatters, and all searching for someone to sit with us in the dark.

Always Tell Someone – A short film by Nigel Simmonds

This animated film encourages children to tell a responsible adult when a grown-up is really shouting at them or other children who they are with. Talking to the right people about problems can make them go away and make you feel much happier

Positive Life – A short film by motivational videographers Matt Shaw and Andrew Braun

Friday Club Rules – A short film by the participants of Prospero’s Friday Club

Sunday 24th June

The Arc Arts Centre

Caterham Surrey

7.00pm

Tickets £17.50 / Concessions £12.50

http://bit.ly/2G8OfnS

I need to have a Word with you – Memoir By Michael Hartigan

I Need to Have a Word with You is an autobiographical mental health memoir by young writer and performer Michael Hartigan. It is a moving perspective on the way the world changes for a young man with autism when the safe spaces he needed so badly prove treacherous.

Play 1 – The Terrible Unending Why’s by Trinity School

Two friends hooked on social media become famous in their own right. Heavily influenced by the adrenaline rush of the next like and the comments on the last photo posted, their journey of discovery is confused by a constant need for approval, until something greater and altogether more tragic happens. After the incident one friend is left alone to pick up the pieces and try to understand what could have gone so horribly wrong.

Play 2 – Bastards in the Black Hole by Prospero Theatre

Bastards is the debut play of talented young writer Rebecca Riley, written in the physical ensemble style of Prospero. Ashley, a young performer, almost watches as her ambition and acute stage fright collide. So you’ve shut yourself in a costume cupboard with four mannequins and you can’t breathe. Where do you go from here?

 

Play 3 – Rational Self Interest by Hashtag Josh Varty

An artist at the end of his career, and a world seen only through computer screens. What other choice is there but the most horrifying and dark? A stark and disturbingly funny look at the madness that is the mental health system.

Plus, exhibiting throughout the Festival, ‘Art by Rebecca B’.

Rebecca Bush, sharing positive messages through Art. 

Art speaks to us on a profound level. It has the power to heal and transform us by improving our wellbeing. We are never too young or too old to benefit from art’s healing properties. Participating in creativity of any kind has the power to transport us, create a connection, to make our hearts sing!

www.prosperotheatre.com

www.mindfitness.training

Booking: https://www.mindfitness.training/inspiring-change/

Concessions: Under 18s, students, OAP, disabled and festival participants

Tickets are non-refundable