Fresh from a successful run in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre in November 2012 and a sell-out performance in the Mill Theatre Dundrum as part of the First Fortnight arts and mental health festival, See Change presents Box of Frogs at The Source Arts Centre this month.
Three people on stage, happy, successful, gorgeous! But there’s one thing they have in common. Each of these people has now or at some time in their lives experienced the torment of mental health problems.
Box of Frogs is a series of monologues performed by people who have first-hand experiences of struggling with their mental health. Every monologue somehow relates to our mental health, either through metal ill health such as depression, anxiety, stress and bipolar, or relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, unemployment, bullying and suicide. Topical issues are stripped bare and addressed with a refreshing yet respectful approach.
Well known actress Mary McEvoy, comedian John Moynes and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe have teamed up to share their stories of personal experience with a mental health problem in a mixture of stories, comedy sketches and songs to de-mystify, debunk and ultimately have a laugh with what really goes on inside our heads.
Following the show actors will head to The Source Café and re-join the audience for a Q&A session. Get up close and personal with the actors as they share honest first hand experiences, it goes without saying that mental health problems can affect anyone regardless of social tags such as nationality, gender or class. Not to be missed.
Box of Frogs will feature at The Source Arts Centre on Thursday, May 30th (8pm) with tickets priced at E10.
For bookings please call the box office on 0504 90204 or make your booking online at www.thesourceartscentre.ie.
Why not make a night of it? The Source Café and Bar are open from 7pm.
Celebrate Bealtaine and fall in love with life again as actor Mikel Murphi takes to the stage as Pat Faron, a man on a mission and the marvels he meets along his journey into town. The Man in the Woman’s Shoes features at The Source Arts Centre on Thursday, May 16th (8pm). Tickets are priced at E12 (E6 concession and E5 for groups of 15-plus). The show will be followed by a Q&A session with Mikel Murphy in the cosy surrounds of The Source Bar.
Barbara is the latest film from notable German director Christian Petzold and is a tense psychological drama which depicts life in a totalitarian regime where the eyes of the state are always watching and those you trust may be secret informers.
It is 1980 and sophisticated East German doctor Barbara (Nina Hoss) has been banished from her position in a prestigious Berlin hospital and posted to a rural clinic as punishment for attempting to apply for a travel visa so she can flee to the West. Here she is given an apartment in the small village but is kept under constant surveillance by the Stasi whose presence is felt through the cars which regularly patrol by her home and the sinister agent who frequently shadows her. As she secretly plots with her West German lover to escape to the West, she soon finds her situation complicated by her growing relationship with fellow doctor Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) and her concern for her patients.
In Barbara, Petzold has crafted an atmospheric story which effectively conveys the sense of oppression and paranoia of living in East Germany during the Cold War.
Barbara will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, May 15th at 8pm. Tickets are priced at E9 (E7 concession and E5 for Film Club Members). For more information please contact the box office on 0504 90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.