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09 Nov 2017

A Face in the Crowd – Wexford & Carlow

Wexford and Carlow Mental Health Association are delighted to be associated with the Discover/Recover Theatre Project’s production of “A Face in the Crowd” taking place in:

The Visual Carlow on Thursday 16th November 8pm

The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy on Friday 17th November 8pm

Wexford Arts Centre on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November 8pm.

Tickets are €15 with concessions at €12 and are available through www.wexfordartscentre.ie  or on 053-9123764 (Wexford) or www.visualcarlow.ie or (059) 917 2400 (Carlow).

The play aims to show that the real human experience of mental health difficulties, are all around us, but we often don’t see it. It is rarely spoken about and the details of the impact on individuals and families are rarely shared. This project through the sharing of sincere true-life stories offers not only a rare glimpse into a hidden world, but also offers enlightenment and hope.

The Play was written by Niall Ó Muirí who along with his colleagues Paula Lowney Senior OT and Mairead Connaughton Senior OT all based in Wexford Mental Health Services. They came together in early 2015 and invited a group of people with the lived experience of coping with Mental Illness to come along and share their stories, with a view to developing a piece of live Drama. And from it they formed the Discover/Recover Theatre Project. Which resulted in the production of the play “A Face in the Crowd”.

Now in its third year, following   four sold out shows in Wexfords Arts Centre and a tour of secondary schools in Wexford in 2015 and 2016, the production is supported by a series of educational workshops delivered by Mental Health professionals associated with the project.

Jim Roche, Director of the play is a professional actor originally from Wexford and currently working in Dublin. He has assembled an impressive troupe of actors with a long history of treading the boards both in theatre and film both at home and abroad.

The project now comes to Wexford and Carlow and already has sold out its day time school performances, and based on the current school bookings it is estimated that over 600 senior cycle students across Wexford and Carlow will see the play and avail of the workshops delivered in their schools…

This award winning project has gained wide spread support from Mental Health Ireland, Carlow and Wexford Mental Health Associations, National Office for Service User Engagement (HSE) and ESB Funds for Generations.

Rounding off with its final performance at the prestigious Mental Health Awareness Festival First fortnight in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre Temple Bar on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Tickets are €15 with concessions at €12 and are available through www.wexfordartscentre.ie  or on 053-9123764 (Wexford) or www.visualcarlow.ie or (059) 917 2400 (Carlow).



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