B-scene at 11.30am on Sunday 27th July at St Mary’s, Lewisham

Sunday 27th July at 11.30am St Mary the Virgin Church, Lewisham High Street (next door to the Ladywell Psychiatric Unit and Lewisham hospital) will be hosting The B-scene Theatre Company.

The innovative B-Scene Theatre Company is a collaboration between Blue Elephant Theatre’s Participation Department and Crossways Mental Health Centre. The group itself is a diverse and dynamic mixture of people who have become a well bonded company who each bring their own experiences and skills to the work.

The project, which is led by people with mental health issues, works to establish meaningful and open conversations with others in the local area. The aim is to bring people who don’t have experience of mental health issues into social contact with those who do. Evidence suggests that this is one of the most effective ways of breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination. B-Scene was established during the summer of 2012 with funding from Time To Change – England’s mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

In the play we meet Sam and Lisa, two colleagues who work in the finance department of a printing company. As life’s pressures begin to build for Sam and he finds it more and more difficult to cope, we witness how his friend and colleague Lisa struggles to support him. This is a play with a twist however, as audience members are invited to think about, discuss and even change Lisa’s actions with the hope of changing the outcome.

Contact Fr David Evans (curate@lewishamparish.com) at St Mary’s or Carmine De Rosa (carmine.derosa@slam.nhs.uk) for further information.


Flyer here: B-scene poster2


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