Oxford-based, student-run Mercury Theatre in their most recent venture have decided to tackle male mental health with Numbers. All starts well, with the first scene focusing on Jack as he lists his achievements of which he is most proud. He speaks to empty chairs set up like a support group. This is the one and only time numbers are truly referenced in the play, as Jack counts how many beers he can down and how many bites it takes for him to swallow a Big Mac.
Birds of Paradise produced Purposeless Movements back in 2016 to address a specific medical description of CP: "Which of our movements are purposeless?" The production dives into what it means to be a man living with Cerebral Palsy. Four professional actors with varying intensity of the condition present their perspective in an open, funny and poignant manner.
As the cast enter the space, they perform basic movement sequences and speak abstract sentences as they are ‘reflections’ of one another. Frank stands, and suddenly the dramatic style is dropped; a relief fills the room. Being Frank is a brutally personal journey into modern masculinity. Holden reveals how he struggled to put this idea to paper, that his mental health talked down every option. He manages an incredibly difficult display of honesty without crossing over into self-obsession, showing his pain without asking for sympathy or respect.
A show which, by its own definition, resists classification into any one category!
theMany – a “genderqueer blue collection of creatures in one body” – gently explores the kaleidoscope of emotions associated with the meaning of identity through the medium of song, and gentle interactive narration. With a distinctive bass Belgian voice, and a rich sonorous tone, theMany sings all of the songs acapella, and without text.
The 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival launched the “most international programme in its history” today, with authors from over 60 countries coming
Shoppers of the world are being asked to put down their carrier bags on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, put up their feet and/or do something fun and free for the annual Buy Nothing Day.
On the most poignant of remembrance days of the 1918 Armistice, 11th November 2018, a powerful anti- war play opened at Leith Theatre.
Now in its fifth year, To Absent Friends is part of a Scotland-wide festival of storytelling and remembrance, where organisations come together to remember loved ones who have died.
The skewed nature of the Scottish psyche has been thrown in to a cartoonish relief in this latest lunchtime offering from acclaimed Falkirk writer, Alan Bissett.
The Festival of Politics is a populist, accessible festival set in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. The festival pulls together talks, debates, film screenings, music, food, and exhibitions.