New drama production shines the spotlight on recovery from mental health difficulties

by AMY LEWIS

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Fr Colm Murphy Chairman Wexford Mental Health Association, Linda Thorpe Mental Health Ireland and Elizabeth Whyte Wexford Art Centre with the cast and crew.
Fr Colm Murphy Chairman Wexford Mental Health Association, Linda Thorpe Mental Health Ireland and Elizabeth Whyte Wexford Art Centre with the cast and crew.

A mind-opening new theatre project was launched by Billy Roche in Wexford Arts Centre recently which shone a light on the reality of recovery from mental health problems.

'A Face in the Crowd' was the brainchild of members of the Discover/ Recover Theatre Project - a collaboration of local individuals with personal experience of mental health difficulties. Together with those involved in community services, they produced this two night production which highlights the impact that mental health difficulties can have on a person's life.

The idea for this innovative piece of drama began with a simple question: 'what's your story?' When members of the Discover/ Recover Theatre project asked this, they didn't expect to receive such a huge response from members of the public. Through listening to stories of sadness, confusion, lonliness and acceptance, they decided to do something that would make a difference. All involved shared a vision of creating a piece of theatre that would contribute in some way to increasing understanding of the experience of recovery from mental health difficulties.

Crowds of local groups and individuals got on board to ensure that the show is a success. Occupational Therapist Mairead Connaughton of Bunclody took on the role of director. Others who played a role include Bunclody/ Kilmyshall drama group and event sponsors Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Mental Health Association and the HSE Wexford/ Waterford Mental Health Services.

However, organisers say that the 'real heroes' are the storytellers who had the courage to share their journeys.

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