Last Friday we were again guests at Ttrestle Theatre to work with Emily on our mask scenes. It was exhausting but really rewarding and useful we did some really good work.
We’re really gearing up for the scratch performances. We would really like to have the main part of our audience at the 2pm performance Trestle, St Albans on Friday 18th September, we are also performing in the much smaller space available at Colne House, Watford, on Tuesday 15th September (also at 2pm). For those who are unaware a scratch performance is not the final polished play that the company is aiming for. This performance is to give interested parties an idea of where we are going with the piece and is an opportunity to receive feedback to ensure that Little Cuts will be the best it can be so we can reach the widest audience.
As we’re taking this piece into schools we especially want anyone with a secondary school connection to come and see the performance. The company believe in this project passionately and many of us have remarked what a difference it would have made had we seen such a performance during our time at school. What a difference it would have made to be able to have an open discussion about what is a stigmatised and isolating experience.
Many schools would prefer not to admit that any of their students could be experiencing any kind of mental health issues but the truth is that some of them do. The statistics are becoming more prominent in the public consciousness. 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill health in any given year. The stigma that prevents open discussion makes the problem worse. We’re trying to make it better, with a little humour along the way.