Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), female writer and director Ekanem Hines and Wellbeing at City Lit will present a staging of, ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’, as part of their focus on gender disparity in mental health. Ekanem draws upon her own inspiration for the play from her 30-year career in social work, offering the audience a uniquely refreshing insight to the mental health industry.
The play is performed by the cast of Know My Mind (KMM) Community Theatre Group. Know My Mind is a Community Theatre group raising awareness about mental health from service users and carers perspectives.
The national IWD theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress. As well as focusing on women and mental health, the events will also highlight issues surrounding gender and race. Gender is a critical determinant in mental health and mental illness.
The play is performed with no intermission (18:30 – 20:00), and will be followed by a Q & A session/panel discussion with a focus on Race & Gender Disparity in Mental Health (20:15-21:00), and photo opportunities with Ekanem and the cast of ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’ . Merchandise will also be available to purchase from 21:00-21:20.
About ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’
“Who would have thought I would end up like this?” …is the powerful opening line in So u think I’m crazy? – a therapeutic theatrical production by Know My Mind.
The emotive drama explores the issues surrounding the mental health system in Britain today, told through the eyes of a young black man. Using rap, poetry, dance and music the multi-sensory experience takes the audience through the streets of London to the secure wing of a psychiatric hospital.
Since its humble beginnings in 2014, the stage play has been featured in theatre houses and events across the UK gathering much attention from the media, performing arts community and organisations such as Mind. The play has also received rave reviews and endorsements from dignitaries, including the Mayor of Croydon and professionals from the Royal College of Psychiatry.
Know My Mind will also be running associated workshops before this event on De-stigmatising Mental Health in the Family, Alexander Technique for Women, Mental Health and Ethnicity, Women and Mental Health: Perinatal Mental Health Awareness, Women and Mental Health: Suicide Awareness & Prevention and Women, Health and Mental Wellbeing which you can book here: Gender Disparity in Mental Health Workshops.
To book tickets for ‘So You Think I’m Crazy’, click here. Tickets cost £10.\
DATE AND TIME
Thu 8 March 2018 // 18:30 – 21:30 GMT
John Lyon’s Theatre – City Lit
1-10 Keeley St
For more information please contact: Tamikah.Andrew-Thomas@citylit.ac.uk