Ever considered how low a person can go as they plunge in to depression? That’s exactly what Without Theatre are doing as they present a new production, Hollow Can You Go? A Journey into the Perpetual Limbo of Depression.
It is an interactive performance, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Manchester Mind, in which the audience venture through the mind of a young girl named Charlie in an attempt to save her from her own depression.
The production looks at Charlie, who feels lost and alone, suffering from depression and panic attacks. It travels through her mind, exploring her anxieties and troubles, trying to save her and exploring her memories.
Without Theatre aims to produce work that inspires positive change to society’s perception of mental health, challenging stereotypes, by allowing for a degree of dialogue and discussion through audience participation. For the people they work with, this forms an integral part of understanding and coming to terms with mental health challenges. Working with mental health charities allows them to create performances that are truthful and mirror their own experiences of mental health, endeavouring to encourage creative and engaging journeys that promote wellbeing, resilience and recovery.
Hollow Can You Go is performed at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, M13 0FE on 1 – 3 September. Tickets £7.50-£9 available via the Without Theatre website.