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21st - 24th November

Various, see below

Wales Millennium Centre

Events are individually ticketed

Aidan Moesby – Periodic Table of Emotion

Sagacity: the Periodic Table of Emotions

Limited edition of 118

Sagacity is a creative project by artist Aidan Moesby, commissioned by Dundee Contemporary Arts and supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-W fund.

The project set out to measure the emotional mood of a city — Dundee — through social media, texts, news coverage and more. Moesby took this data and developed a ‘periodic table’ of emotions, with an electronic interface that presented an ever- changing picture of the feelings of the city.

Aidan Moesby is a visual artist and curator whose work increasingly explores civic and personal wellbeing. His practice is based around research and response, much of which is underpinned through conversations. These may be real, overheard, visual, imaginary or even virtual. He works extensively within arts and health, especially where art, technology and wellbeing intersect.

A limited edition print of the Periodic Table of Emotions, produced in DCA Print Studio, is available to purchase for £132.00. For more information visit www.aidanmoesby.co.uk

Project partners: Dr Nick Taylor, Fellow in Human-computer Interaction and Jon Rogers , Professor of Creative Technology, DJCAD, University of Dundeeimage___info_pdf__page_2_of_2_

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Cai Tomos - Dance/ Movement Workshop

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‘Sensing Self’
Movement and creative process
Resilience, imagination, Connection , creativity

We all have a movement language that is uniquely ours. It exists in the spaces between and before words. It is beneath and beyond the surface of our skins and everyday self. Our language of gesture and posture is developed through the meeting of our body and the world around us.
This workshop will be an opportunity ‘call out’ to the dances that lie waiting within us. Both the visible and the invisible energies of the world shape us. In uncertain times people danced. Thousands and thousands of years ago, they danced and danced their way through change.
This workshop will be an opportunity to dance what needs to be danced, both personally and collectively. It will be a time to briefly reflect, gather resources that may serve and support us both in and out of the studio.

Cai Tomos is movement artist and choreographer who began dancing in North Wales. He has worked both nationally and internationally as dancer, choreographer and maker. He has toured as a performer and presented his work in festivals in South and North America, Spain and mainland Europe. Currently he works in London hospitals and in theatre settings. He runs an Elders Performance Company in Wales and offers workshops in the UK and abroad. Improvisational practices are at the heart of his work supporting people to develop and discover their own movement language and vocabulary

Gwyneth Lewis – Writing Workshop
gl-keith-morris-resized If you've ever been stuck trying to write poetry, Gwyneth Lewis will show you how to get going. Using exercises in the workshop - including writing a collective poem - she'll show you that you never need be blocked again

Image © Keith Morris
Poetry - 15.55

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Michael Breeze

Sara Annwyl

Mark Curtis

Will Ford

Bel Blue - 17.15

Bel Blue
Singer-Songwriter

Bel Blue is an Irish born singer-songwriter and musician based in Cardiff; her songs are inspired by the beautiful landscapes and lyricism of her adopted homeland Wales. She has been developing her music over the last few years, and in August 2016 she released her debut album "Our Places", a tender fusion of folk-country, which takes us on a journey of her songs.

Bel is regularly accompanied by award winning violinist Jamie Nemeth, Kevs Ford on semi-acoustic guitar and AJ Constable on percussion, all of whom feature on the album. Last year she played at the launch of Wales first Mental Health Festival, Little Sparks, and in her own words finds 'Songwriting, a good way to navigate life'

For more information and to listen to Bel Blue's music visit www.belblue.co.uk

“Absolutely beautiful”- Darren Warner GTfm Showcase Wales

“Singing with a voice as delicate as her subjects are fragile” -Roy Spencer

“A work of real beauty” - Jeremy Rees Radio Presenter

bel-blue-profile-image-2-2'I fell quiet for many years until friends helped me find my way back to music. I hold a deep reverence for the arts, not only are they a way in which we can engage with life, but also an empowering pathway that gently leads us to engage with ourselves.' - Bel Blue

Only Boys Aloud - 18.00
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Only Boys Aloud made their first appearance at the opening of the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale in 2010: we now have more than 200 teenage boys in 14 choirs across Wales who meet weekly at their local venue and come together for full rehearsals and concerts. In the last 12 months the boys have launched a cruise ship, sung at Downing Street, performed the opening song for Sport Relief on BBC1 and headlined their own 5th Birthday Concert at the Wales Millennium Centre. Equally importantly they have performed in their own communities, offering support to local fundraising initiatives and causes which resonate with them.

Our boys make new friends, learn new skills and are bursting with a sense of fun, pride and confidence: “Only Boys Aloud has been life-changing for me. It has given me a direction in life and has given me the confidence to believe in myself and realise nothing is impossible and there are opportunities out there for every kind of person from all types of backgrounds”
Poetry - 16.10

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Gwyneth Lewis

Des Mannay

Rob Cullen

Christina Thatcher

Denni Turp

To Bear Sir - 17.20

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American Mustard - 18.00
American Mustard - 18.00
Catriona James “Worse Things Happen”

I was looking at the sea. I was thinking about how easy it would be to disappear.

What happens when you believe the stigma about you? Can you love your biggest failure? Worse Things Happen is a solo performance about one person’s experience of depression, told through true stories and dance.

Catriona is an actor, a lover of true stories, a physical performer and a depressive. She devised and wrote this piece with dramaturgical and directorial support from Louise Osborn, and movement direction from Lara Ward.

Worse Things Happen was first performed at Chapter Arts Centre, 10-12 March 2016. The creation of the show was funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and the National Lottery, and developed with the support of Chapter Arts Centre and WalesLab, National Theatre Wales artist development initiative with support of the Arts Council of Wales.


All images © Grace Gelder

Catriona James “Worse Things Happen”

I was looking at the sea. I was thinking about how easy it would be to disappear.

What happens when you believe the stigma about you? Can you love your biggest failure? Worse Things Happen is a solo performance about one person’s experience of depression, told through true stories and dance.

Catriona is an actor, a lover of true stories, a physical performer and a depressive. She devised and wrote this piece with dramaturgical and directorial support from Louise Osborn, and movement direction from Lara Ward.

Worse Things Happen was first performed at Chapter Arts Centre, 10-12 March 2016. The creation of the show was funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and the National Lottery, and developed with the support of Chapter Arts Centre and WalesLab, National Theatre Wales artist development initiative with support of the Arts Council of Wales.


All images © Grace Gelder

Prisons Within

THE PRISON WITHIN PROJECT.

prison within project (1)'The Prison Within' project began life when I was commissioned by 'Mind' to write a play as part of their campaign ' Time To Change' to end stigma attached to mental health.
When posed the question, 'How best to end stigma attached to mental health sufferers?’ my natural reaction was to answer 'create a dialogue.' Being a writer, my approach to creating this dialogue was to draft a script dealing with issues connected with negative labels associated with mental health. I set my play in a prison, an environment where many victims of this stigma end up. At this point I identified the premise of my script 'Was prison really the end? Or could it be the beginning? Could jail offer the chance to seek the help that, for whatever reason, evaded my characters? Why was this help not offered or taken at an earlier stage in the protagonists' lives?’
Eric enters prison for the first time. He is anxious and nervous. He appears to be aggressive.
Vincent seems like he is in control. But is he?
Del-Usion - the voice inside both their heads torments them making their time spent inside more intolerable by highlighting the horrific back stories of the two characters and how, through circumstances and misfortunes rendered them prisoners in the cell and of the mind.
'Prisons Within' takes us on a roller coaster ride and at the end, the journey forces one to re-evaluate who really are the victims?
When developing the script I held meetings with actors, mental health workers, mental health service users and people in general. The story began to take on an organic life of its own. Each person had their own take on mental health stigma and helped me explore, with more depth, how problems of the mind can imprison people and how simple things like chat and friendship can be a key to help set them free. The journey has been a cathartic experience for all involved.
We are hoping that by entering the play into this important mental health festival we can help to facilitate a platform of debate and learning and contribute to the understanding and perhaps the ending of stigma attached to mental health in prisons and other institutions across Wales.
Please contact - Anthony Wright on 07535110337 anthonywright40@hotmail.com Thank you.
Ruins of Talgarth – Blackwood Little Theatre
This play is based on a true story. Jean has been committed at the age of 18 to the lunatic asylum in Talgarth ( known as ‘The Bin’) at the insistence of her husband, William.  We try to understand what that experience might have been like  for Jean and the reasons that her husband “put her in the bin”. P1110563
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P1110603 Blackwood Little Theatre was formed in 1929 and has been serving its patrons with high quality theatre ever since. It has its own premises in the town, which it owns and maintains itself. Blackwood Little Theatre produces at least 5 productions a year, as well as competing in One Act Festivals. Over the past 10 years, the theatre has been the proud recipient of 35 awards, including the Gwent Festival of One Act Plays, The IATA Liverpool (Nova Scotia) International Festival award for best new play (Fancying Sheep) and the 2008 Wales Final for Last Tango in Blackwood and the again in 2012 with Biscuits. BLT has represented Wales at International Festivals in Canada on 3 occasions and is pleased to be taking part in this festival raising awareness of mental health and women's issues. logo-01
Paul Whittaker – Gods and Kings - a shared reading
headshot_smMy stage play is focussed on the moment I received my diagnosis of Bi Polar Manic Depression as a twenty-three year old Film Student in Newport, Gwent. I entered the room a troubled member of society and after a twenty minute consultation was told I had to take lithium (a side effect of which is coma) or I'd be dead by the time I was 30. To my surprise, the choice was not as straightforward as it seemed.
The piece is unapologetically honest, humorous and challenges the perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness. It is a piece that appeals to a wider audience, not just the mental health sector, and explores how people react to a mental health diagnosis and how an individual can be redefined by it in the eyes of the world.
Paul Whittaker – Gods and Kings - a shared reading
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My stage play is focussed on the moment I received my diagnosis of Bi Polar Manic Depression as a twenty-three year old Film Student in Newport, Gwent. I entered the room a troubled member of society and after a twenty minute consultation was told I had to take lithium (a side effect of which is coma) or I'd be dead by the time I was 30. To my surprise, the choice was not as straightforward as it seemed.
The piece is unapologetically honest, humorous and challenges the perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness. It is a piece that appeals to a wider audience, not just the mental health sector, and explores how people react to a mental health diagnosis and how an individual can be redefined by it in the eyes of the world.
Re-Live “Coming Home”
“You just don’t feel anything. You feel dead inside. You know you’re hurting people, your wife, your kids, your mother. You’re breaking their hearts but you just can’t feel a fucking thing”

Re-Live present a new theatre piece, devised and performed by military veterans and their family members, exploring the impact of military trauma on the mental health of families.

Challenging, truthful and ultimately uplifting, this piece is a testament to the role of forgiveness and hope in healing minds and souls affected by conflict.

Coming Home Choir

re-live-logo The Coming Home Choir was established in early 2016 and has developed under the superb direction of Choir Lead, Pauline Down. Singing songs of strength and joy, the choir is becoming another place to call home for veterans, families and members of the Cardiff community.

The choir will be delighted to perform on the Glanfa stage during the Mental Health Arts Festival.

www.re-live.org.uk

Streets Ahead Film

'Charlie has been feeling increasingly disconnected from and at the same time complacent about people and things around him. His agitation steadily grows, he finds it harder to concentrate. It all comes to a head in an explosion of anguish and loss of control. As his wife, Maria, says "he's so sturdy. why did this happen to him?"

'Urgent Assistance Required' shows that none of us are completely immune to stress and pressure and no one great traumatic event has to happen in our lives for our world to come crashing in around us.

This tale is about knowing what can happen, understanding what can be done about it and caring for our own and other's mental health.'

The Q&A at the end o this session will be focused on PTSD

Elaine Paton – Elements of Momentos of Leaving
: ‘Moments’ an intimate evening of personal stories, performed by myself, weaving together mine and my Father’s stories.