This article caught my imagination this morning on the excellent site Humans are Free:
with the subtitle
- The Brave New World of “Mental Health Disorders”.
I find it particularly pertinent, as I am doing ‘digital PR’ for Far from Fiction – a play about self-harming in a ‘self-harming society’.
It is the most remarkable effort by a small Cafe Theatre production company – to wake up society to unspoken and unexpressed pain:
- of the marginalised mentally ill;
- of women;
- of blacks;
- about sexuality;
- about self-harming as the attempt to FEEL something, as NOT feeling ANYTHING is worse;
- about the desperate attempt to find MEANING by writing letters to god;
- about mobile phones, texting and skype as the latest ways that stop us from being ‘real’ with one another.
Can we turn the delightful theatre of the Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town into the same kind of ‘safe therapeutic space’ that we need for our personal anxieties?
Can we as ‘social patients’ become ‘social actors’?
Can we build new ‘digital’ and real life bridges along the historic ‘line of continuity’ of
The actress who is ‘too old’ is looking for her ‘line of continuity’ between her ‘younger Self’ and her ‘future Self’. The young actress is writing to her ‘future Self’ and copying God… They are sharing their pains.
Can we extend ‘group therapy’ to include theatre audiences?
Can we as audience become ‘real’ for the actress who is addressing her imaginary audience, as she is looking back to her younger Self and wailing for her mother?
An exciting beginning of a most challenging ‘social experiment’!