Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019: Theatre Highlights

Ahead of this year's Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, we pick out five theatre productions from the programme that you need to look out for

Feature by Amy Taylor | 26 Apr 2019
  • Holding It Together

This piece of physical theatre explores Alzheimer’s disease and the struggles a sufferer faces as they try to remain connected to their loved ones. This production uses no words, only movement. Ayr College, Ayr, Thu 9 May, 6pm 

Wildcard Theatre’s multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre returns to Scotland after its successful Fringe run last year, and uses spoken word and original music performed by six multi-instrumentalists, to tell the story of Jessie as she moves through gigs, city streets, parties and warehouses, trying to find her mother. This show was the winner at the 2018 Mental Health Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is being performed in association with Mayfesto. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 14 May, 7.30pm; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 15-Sat 18 May, 8pm

Holding it Together
Glasgow-based photographer and videographer Jassy Earl and performance artist Chlöe Smith have collaborated to create this multidisciplinary performance. Exploring grief, Holding it Together invites the audience to reflect, either internally or aloud, on the subject in an intimate and safe space. Platform, Glasgow, Thu 20 May-Sat 1 Jun, various times

This solo-aerial theatre performance, which blends contemporary circus, theatre and dance with music and multimedia, reimagines Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Now told through the eyes of the character Viola, the piece investigates the topics of depression, anxiety and isolation. Aerial Edge, Kelvinhall, Glasgow, Fri 24 May, 8.30pm

Our Tomorrow
Written and performed by members of the North Edinburgh Theatre Project, Our Tomorrow is a sharing of scripts, devised work and short films that questions what goes into building a thriving community, while reflecting on the slum clearances and new town approaches of the city’s past. North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh, Fri 24-Sat 25 May, various times

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival runs from 3-26 May at venues across Scotland