THURSDAY 14TH APRIL 2015
So, I was a bit rubbish and was supposed to post this a long, long time ago.
However, it’s Mental Health Awareness Week now, so it’s pretty good that I forgot all about it until today. Plus, closing night is always fun.
Result is a powerful new play that explores the emotion behind every kick; a world in which dreams are built or destroyed in ninety minutes. A world in which the score means everything and failure is not an option. Where physical strength is celebrated but mental health is often ignored.
An important production that has the potential to make a huge impact, the play’s message is to overcome that ongoing taboo and tell us that it is fine for people to admit that they’re scared, lonely, gay or simply doubting. Although the play is fixed in the world of football, the piece deals with the universal themes of race, homophobia and mental health, and will resonate with any young man or woman who has struggled to just tell someone “I’m struggling.”
Although the play has been running for a few weeks now, we are still short on funding and are looking for any support, big or small, that can be offered. Even just a fiver makes a huge difference.
Mental health is still a taboo subject. We need to start asking questions and challenging this issue. This play goes far beyond the world of football and should talk to people from all areas of life; we really believe it can open up a discussion on a topic steeped in stigma and so fundamentally misunderstood.
1 in 4 people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue this year- it’s time we started talking about it.
“It could draw attention to aspects of football and mental health and masculinity that people rarely acknowledge or talk about” – Gary Lineker.
“This type of exploration, it strikes me, is exactly what drama is for.” – Simon Stephens (Olivier Award Winning Playwright.)
Result is running at The Pleasance Theatre from 21st April – 17th May.
Go check it out.
Words by Liam Stewart-George