Dark and tender comedy to address mental health

MENTAL Play EMN-150928-160607001
MENTAL Play EMN-150928-160607001
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Following sell-out performances at Camden People’s Theatre, Stream-Lyric’s MENTAL Play comes to Peterborough’s Key Theatre on Saturday at 7.45pm. With ticket discounts for mental health service users and staff.

MENTAL Play is a dark and tender comedy told through drama, poetry and film. A collaboration between emerging writer/ director, Tamsin Flower who is based in Peterborough and filmmaker, Marc Atkinson, MENTAL Play comes to The Key Theatre following popular R&D shows at Cambridge Junction and Norwich Arts Centre.

It tells the story of three twenty somethings on one mental journey. David swings on a pendulum of party highs and existential lows. Emma’s social anxiety is peaking as she rarely leaves her Mum with dementia. Petr is a Slovak whose move to the UK sends him into a mire of workplace frustration and depression.

MENTAL Play was developed in 2014 with the support of Arts Council East, Mind and Writers Centre Norwich (National Centre for Writing). Tamsin spent time in OMNIA House (Norwich Mind’s residential house) interviewing service users and delivering accessible creative writing/problem­ solving workshops before rehearsing and devising around drafts of the script with East 15 graduates: Rebecca Finch, Simon J White and Cal Jones. This process culminated in a Work in Progress showing at Cambridge Junction (Hotbed Festival 2014) and a preview at National Arts Centre.

Tickets for the performance are £13 full price and £6 MIND concessions (including a £1 booking fee).

To book your tickets now please visit the Vivacity website at http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/mental-play or call the box office on 01733 207239.

For more information about MENTAL Play and to find out more about other performances that address contemporary society please visit the Steam Lyric website at http://streamlyric.co.uk/