Drama production in St Albans aims to highlight teen mental health
PUBLISHED: 18:30 14 July 2016
The finishing touches are being put to a theatre production which aims to raise funds and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues among young people.
Theatre of Minds was formed by local 16-20 year-olds led by sisters Beth and Lucy Wilson, and the group’s show, Base Layer, is being performed this weekend.
Statistics from Young Minds, a charity working to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, show that about three children in every British classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Beth and Lucy wanted to use their passion and experience in theatre to explore and share this issue.
With the cast immersed in intense final rehearsals for Base Layer, a devised piece incorporating spoken word, music and physical theatre, director Beth said: “We have been looking at the rational and irrational parts of someone’s mind.”
In addition to raising awareness, proceeds from the performances will raise money for Young Minds.
Base Layer can be seen at Trestle Arts Base this Saturday, July 16, at 7.30pm. For tickets (£8 adults and £6 concessions), information or to donate please see: www.theatreofminds.wordpress.com
The second performance of the show at Beaumont School on Thursday, July 21, has now sold out.