Ssshh!, B-Scene Theatre Company, Blue Elephant Theatre – 30 May to 1 June 2013

B-Scene Theatre Company is a collaboration between Blue Elephant Theatre’s Participation Department and Crossways Mental Health Day Centre which has created the production Ssshh! to give audiences a moving insight into what it feels like to live with mental health problems.

B-Scene was established last summer with funding from Time To Change - England’s mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Ten Choirs for Ten Years, rb&hArts – various to June 2013

rb&hArts has announced a series of regular choral concerts with additional music on the wards after each public performance.

Yerbury Community Choir
Sunday 28 April 2pm, main foyer, Royal Brompton Hospital.

Glasshouse, Cardboard Citizens, public showcase performances – 2, 7 & 16 March

A new forum theatre play by poet, lyricist & writer Kate Tempest. Glasshouse is touring London’s homeless hostels, day centres & prisons this spring.

Glasshouse is a story about family and how hard it can be to keep loving. Three short stories aim to take you into the minds of three members of the same family – fragile as any of us, people who’ve given up on their dreams. They fail to stay together and struggle to survive apart. Framed by Kate Tempest’s haunting poetry, the plays draws us into a dark and gritty London illuminated by moments of unexpected tenderness.  

Alice in Bed, by Susan Sontag, Newcastle, 27 February to 3 March

Alice in Bed is based on the life and diaries of Alice James (1848-92), sharp witted sister to Henry and William James.

The play asks questions about the way in which we understand illness and health in modern society and the value of subjective experience in contemporary culture.

Tender Buttons production takes place in an immersive and playful environment designed by artist Ben Jeans Houghton for The Stephenson Works. In one of Newcastle’s most historically significant buildings, the audience are invited to explore the world of Alice’s mind.

ATG announces relaxed performance pilot scheme

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has announced details of a relaxed performance pilot scheme for the 2012/2013 pantomime season.

Midori concert, Royal Brompton Hospital – 23 November

A unique opportunity to hear violinist Midori in the intimate setting of Royal Brompton’s coffee shop. Performing violin sonatas by a range of composers including Bach and Beethoven, Midori is celebrating 20 years of playing and working in community settings.

Midori’s visit has been organised by Wigmore Hall Learning, who have been working with children in the Hospital School with their creative ensemble of musicians, Ignite. As well as working in the school room they also visit the wards to play for those children who are unable to attend school.

'I care' and 'Simone', mac, Birmingham – 9 November

Two monologues on mental health presented by Newman University College.

'I care' and 'Simone' are two devised monologues with music about mental health illness. A woman with bi-polar disorder and her carer invite the audience to witness and reflect on their experience. Each performance will be followed by a short discussion with the audience. This is a Newman production developed within the Community & Applied Drama Laboratory (CAD/Lab).

'Curiouser and Curiouser' – 16 November

An evening of contemporary performance inspired by the Royal College of Physicians current exhibition ‘Curious anatomys’: an extraordinary story of dissection and discovery.

Health Scare: The Musical, Scotland – until 15 November

Universal Comedy is a Scottish Charity which offers workshops courses and events, using comedy for people with long term ill health and mental health challenges.

Health Scare – The Musical, is a free comedy musical performance touring 14 NHS Hospitals across central Scotland. The free 1 hour show is aimed at people with long term ill/mental health health, staff & patients/groups.

Fragments returns to Free Space Gallery – 13 September, 4&25 October

Fragments is an ongoing site specific collaboration which utilises the skills of Jairo Zaldua and Nicola Green as experimental printmakers and Katsura Isobe as dancer.

The inspiration and foundations for this project derive from the short story Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol. Through sourcing, dissecting and analysing the content, all artists have woven together their individual interpretations to create the psycho-physical world that is Fragments; a screen printed and mixed media installation combined with an interactive performance.


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