Fresh from a successful run in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre in November 2012 and sell- out performance of the Mill Theatre Dundrum as part of the First Fortnight arts and mental health festival, See Change presents Box of Frogs in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on Tuesday, May 14 at 8.30pm.
Three people on stage, happy, successful, gorgeous! But there’s one thing they have in common. Each of these people has now or at some time in their lives experienced the torment of mental health problems.
Actress Mary McEvoy, comedian John Moynes and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe have teamed up to share their stories of personal experience with a mental health problem in a mixture of stories, comedy sketches and songs to de-mystify, debunk and ultimately have a laugh with what really goes on inside our heads.
Mary has to pull herself out of bed, second by second in the face of panic, John spends an evening as the life and soul of the party and then comes home and opens up the razorblades. Dil sits at home in her pyjamas for three months as memories of childhood abuse wash over her.
But they each have a plan. John takes out an insurance policy with the Lady from The Void against Existential Dread, Mary takes her old friend depression out for a Cappuccino and Dil, well Dil takes the opportunity to throw a long overdue tantrum!
Box of Frogs is made up of monologues performed by people who have first-hand experiences of struggling with their mental health.
Every monologue somehow relates to our mental health, either through metal ill health such as depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar, psychosis, schizophrenia, addiction or eating disorders or be it experiential through lack of self-esteem and self-worth, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, sexuality, gender identity, unemployment, bullying and suicide.
The recurring theme throughout the piece is how precious our mental health is and how we actively need to look after it and breakdown stigma which prevents so many from seeking help when they need it most.
The audience should be able to travel through the highs and lows of all the accounts. They should see how we are all connected in our struggle to mind our mental health in the hectic lives we live, how easy it is to stumble and to learn to be kind to those who do – including when it happens to us.
The performance will be followed by a Q & A with members of the cast.
Tickets are available by phoning 071 96 50828 or visiting www.thedock.ie