Please note: Wednesday’s performance has been cancelled – all bookers have been contacted.
Playing ON presents a one-day festival exploring mental health and the arts. Events include masterclasses, pre- & post-show workshops, and panel discussions. Headlining the festival is Philip Osment’s poetic and uplifting final play Can I Help You?
Can I Help You?
An off-duty policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, these two disparate souls learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope.
Age Guidance: 14+
Lunchtime Masterclass 1pm – 2.30pm
Work with Playing ON practitioners to learn how theatre can be made in collaboration with diverse groups, using authentic experiences to create systems of empathy in which deep understanding is made possible. Learn how we facilitate a process of gathering real life experiences, from which we create imaginary worlds. Characters from these worlds are brought to life and generate both original theatre and deep empathic sharing in a fun, creative and engaging environment.
Arts and Health Workshop 4.30pm – 6pm
This workshop will offer a window into the processes that inspired the play. We will start by building rapport combining group work techniques with theatre games to create a safe space for sharing. We will then facilitate a process of gathering real life experiences, from which we will create an imaginary world. By envisaging characters drawn from this world we will use simple improvisation techniques to bring them to life and in doing so generate both original theatre and deep empathetic sharing in a fun, creative and engaging environment.
To book a place on either of these workshops, please email Abie Walton, Participation Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org