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  • Performance lecturer rolls out red carpet

    Henry James

    A NEW play written by Liverpool playwright Mark Curtis and produced and directed by Edge Hill academic Lisa Adams-Davey will premiere at the University’s Arts Centre to mark World Mental Health Week.

    Red Carpet will be performed on October 12, 13 and 14 by Lisa's alumni theatre company Confiança Collaborative.

    The play, which is predominantly set in a dreamscape, aims to make conditions such as clinical depression and suicide more comprehensible through its use of both comedy and tragedy.

    Lisa Adams-Davey, senior lecturer in Drama and Performance, said: “By showing the complexities of a family whose members have different mental health issues, Red Carpet aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the illness and what it is to experience it from a sufferer's perspective.

    “My research profile focuses on the interface between health, therapy, and performance and, as a trainee psychotherapist, this is an area of great interest to me.”

    Described as an account of a life cut short, this dramatic performance of manic humour interspersed with tragic truths set in a surreal mixed-media environment will depict a world made frantic, vulgar, hysterical, and catastrophic.

    Lisa Adams-Davey set up Confiança Collaborative after her 2014 production of They Shoot Dogs (written by fellow academic Sandra Philip), which explored Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also featured Edge Hill Performing Arts alumni.

    She said: “Confiança Collaborative provides great opportunities for those who have studied performing arts at Edge Hill - there are alumni in the company who initially graduated from as far back as 2008, including my colleague, Jim Burrows, who has recently gained his PhD at the University. Confiança’s rehearsal programmes and performances have employability embedded throughout and those involved gain much experience and insight from the projects.”

    henry.james@champnews.com


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