Stand Tall Theatre's 'Schizophrenia' will be at the Groundlings Theatre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of February. The play deals with issues of mental illness and explores the way that mental illness can affect people's lives, as well as focusing on the people behind the mental illness.
Schizophrenia follows the story of Simon. He's got a dog, he's got a nice place, and he's got some good mates. He's even getting an award at work. But it's time for the big awards night and Simon has a speech to make, will everything stay this good? The show does explore mental illness, but the real focus is on the human side of things like schizophrenia; the play will show the audience that Simon is a person, not a person with a mental illness.
The play is presented by Stand Tall Theatre. The local Portsmouth theatre company has a specific focus on mental health awareness and put a focus on creating empathy when they're up on stage.
Schizophrenia has been written and developed using personal stories, medical histories and memories of people affected with schizophrenia. While the play is fiction, it tells real stories of real people.
Schizophrenia will be at the Groundlings Theatre on Thursday the 1st of February and Friday the 2nd of February; each performance will be at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online from the Groundlings website or by calling the box office on 023 9273 7370. Tickets are £10 each.
The Groundlings Theatre is about 21 miles out from the Southampton City Centre, near the Portsmouth Harbour. It is located at 42 Kent Street, Portsea.
For more information on future Stand Tall Theatre productions, head to their website or like their Facebook page. As well as productions about mental health awareness, the company also perform children's educational theatre for schools and run workshops for children centred on building confidence through drama.