“Brave, Inspirational, Brilliant” The team behind the return of Being Frank have received fantastic reviews from their first audience at Stirling’s Macrobert Centre.
Being Frank is an original play written by FDAMH’s Media Group with support from renowned local writer and film-maker Katie White. The story of mental health crisis and recovery is constructed from real life experiences and threaded through with the cast’s creative reactions to their experiences of life affected by emotional and mental distress.
One of our cast says “I want people to know more about poor mental health and I want to inform people who don’t know what it is and how you can get support”. Indeed the whole team are passionate about using Being Frank to broaden understanding and have chosen to include a Question and Answer session at the end of the play adding an extraordinary opportunity for members of the audience to pose questions to the cast about their experiences of mental distress.
When asked how they found it so easy to talk openly about their mental health one cast member revealed “No one was very keen on disclosing pieces of themselves and their illnesses and how they cope – or didn’t cope – at the beginning. It took time and a lot of trust which has been built through friendship, understanding and unconditional positive regard.”
Questions to the cast included asking them how they coped with taking part in something as anxiety-inducing as a performance. In response it was evident that whether excitement or nerves, the important point for the group is overcoming the challenges to get their messages on mental health across. This is something they can feel confident in achieving with comments such as “fabulous way to lift taboo and spread understanding” and “thank you so much for educating me” being just some of the many positive responses from the audience.
FDAMH’s Activities Coordinator, Emily Stewart, says “I couldn’t be more proud of the group. They have overcome their anxieties about performing and bravely allowed themselves to be completely open to an audience of people about their own experience of mental health. They have hit home the importance of how we as a community can dispel stigma and educate people about mental health and I am honoured to work with them.”
You still have a chance to see a second production of Being Frank at the Macrobert, Stirling on the 9 May 2017 at 2pm. Tickets are free but space is limited so book online now at the Macrobert Arts Centre or phone 01786 466666.
FDAMH would like to thank everyone involved and all that are generously supporting Being Frank with time, space and posts.