Recovery is centre stage in new theatre production which aims to shine a light on those who cope with mental health difficulties

By AMY LEWIS

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

When members of the Discover/ Recovery Theatre Project invited local people to tell their stories of mental illness recovery, they were surprised to see how many came forward.

Several months on, the group are ready to share these stories in an innovative new production which will be launched by Billy Roche in Wexford Arts Centre. Entitled, 'A Face in the Crowd' the two-night production highlights the impact that mental health difficulties can have on a person's life.

Crowds of local groups and individuals are on board to ensure that the show is a success. Occupational Therapist Mairead Connaughton of Bunclody has taken on the role of director. Others playing 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. Having first told their stories in a derelict ward in St. Senan's, they will now be shared with the wider public in this production.

'A Face in the Crowd' will take place on December 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Wexford Mental Health Association.

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