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Free Touring Theatre Performance - Unsent letters

Written By Polly Wright, starring Maxine Finch

Peggy is a service user in a medium secure unit who is regarded as an unfit mother for her son, Bradley.  Bradley is put up for adoption when he is seven and the terms of the adoption are such that she can only contact Bradley by sending cards on his birthdays to a PO Box.

In this moving one woman play Peggy’s story unfolds through a series of monologues which represent the letters she can’t send him over the years.  Through her descriptions we see a cast of characters, including her Jamaican parents, her drug dealer boyfriend and the staff and patients in mental health services and we are given an insight into the attitudes to services and the people that use them.  We are also given a picture of the stigma experienced by people with mental health difficulties which can affect their lives and those of their children.

Unsent Letters by Polly Wright
Unsent Letters by Polly Wright

The play will be followed by an interactive debate to promote a wide ranging discussion of the issues raised and how we can reduce the stigma that surrounds people with mental health difficulties.

Tour Dates:

17th March, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m., (Registration from 1.30 p.m.), Midlands Art Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QH

 18th March, 1.00 – 4.30 p.m.  (Registration from 12.30 p.m.) St Paul's Vicarage, 405 Belchers Lane, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, B9 5SY

 22nd March, 1.00 – 4.30 p.m. (Registration from 12.30 p.m.) Small Heath Methodist Church, 30 Blake Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham, B9 5QT

 23rd March, 1.00 -.4.30 p.m. (Registration from 12.30 p.m.), St Paul's Vicarage, 405 Belchers Lane, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, B9 5SY

 Birmingham Rep, BSMHFT and The Hearth Centre, working in partnership to ‘to use drama and theatre to promote emotional well being, mental health and the reduction of stigma ’

 This is a free event but places are limited.  To attend please contact Jacqui Tame on 0121 301 1060 or via jacqueline.tame@bsmhft.nhs.uk