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Collapsible #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Collapsible is a brilliant one woman play by Margaret Perry produced by High Tide and Ellie Keel. Esther has just lost her job and recently broken up with her girlfriend. “I feel like a chair… like one of those folding chairs, you know?… Those collapsible chairs. Solid one minute and then.” Collapsible by Margaret Perry She asks her friends and family to describe her in a word or phrase and makes a list of her qualities to share at interviews. […]

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Moonbird #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Orla is the silent prince. Born deaf, his parents can not understand why he does not respond to his own name and ask “What are we doing wrong?” When they find out he is deaf they search for a cure. Orla is poked and prodded and shouted at; He is frustrated but he is still deaf. His parents despair “He is such an angry child; he should at least be trying.” The moonbird comes to try to teach the parents […]

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Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

In 2017 there were 597 deaths from homelessness. At least 235 people affected by homelessness have died between January and June 2019 – an average of one every 19 hours. (https://museumofhomelessness.org/2019/08/14/shocking-new-statistics-the-dying-homeless-project/ ) Statistics can be shocking but they are rarely moving. Personal stories of homeless people are rarely told because who would tell them? Cardboard Citizens work with Homeless people in the UK and have collected six stories to tell in this play. Vernon Vanriel, a Windrush generation boxer Tomek, […]

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Styx #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Max Barton and Addison Axe are musicians from a musician family. A few years ago, their grandfather passed away after suffering from alzheimer’s. Recently their gran has also been diagnosed with alzheimers. Max is keen to find out more about his musical family and starts some detective work to track down the people, places and songs which are important but missing parts of the memory. Syncronisity Jung believed that sometimes in therapy, coincidences would emerge that seemed less than likely by […]

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Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Isma Alma is a lesbian, Muslim, British-Asian. Isma is married to a woman and together they decided to adopt. In this stand up comedy routine, Isma shares some stories from her own life and what lessons she has taken into the journey to become an adopted mother. Isma has sometimes been discriminated against for being Muslim and also for being gay. As part of the adoption assessment she was asked if she planned to join Isis. Once approved she was […]

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Chris Mcglade: Forgiveness #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Chris is a Northern comedian with working man’s club style of humour. A few years ago his father was murdered. In this comedy show, Chris recounts stories about his father; good and bad. Events from his life, events from his death and court trial, and the impact all this had on his own life after; harrowing material for a comedian. Two of the biggest lessons Chris learnt from his dad are: Laughter Forgiveness Chris grapples with both of these in […]

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Lucy McCormick: Post Popular #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Lucy McCormick is looking for strong female role models; the kind who can be her hero, the kind who are inspiring. Luckily she has the whole of history to search for them. Unluckily most stories from history are about men and where there are stories about women they may meet unhappy endings. None the less, Lucy commences her (mostly) chronological exploration of the feminine, starting with Eve and then romping through Boudica, Florence Nightingale, Anne Boleyn and the Suffragettes. In […]

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Going Slightly Mad by BigMind Theatre Company #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Based on a true story, this play follows Max (Lizzie Lewis) who has just been sectioned under the mental health act. Only Max knows she is not mad. She she may be on some kind of reality TV show, she may have mind altering powers to control other people, she may be God or a god. But she is definitely not mad. Locked away with four other supposedly mad people, all waiting in this Short Term Assessment Centre; waiting for […]

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You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? Part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Screening for Schizophrenia is now almost as accurate and reliable as screening for cancer. In this talk, Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging at the University of Edinburgh shares his latest research and asks “would you want to know?” Arguably the “worst disease that afflicts mankind”, Stephen explored what schizophrenia is (how it is similar and different to other forms of psychosis such as bipolar, manic depression or drug induced psychosis). Schizophrenia usually manifests during a person’s mid 20’s; […]

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The Words Are There by Nth Degree Productions #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

I’m spending 10 days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and wanted to share my dramatherapy thoughts on some of the productions. First in the spotlight “The Words Are There” by Nth Degree Productions. In this one-man show we meet Mick as he recounts moments of his relationship with Trish (absent except for a mop as an avatar and a voice-over). The tender moments when they meet and fall in love, the funny moments where they find joy, the harrowing moments […]

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