The First Fortnight Festival returns for the first 2 weeks of 2013 to stage another ground-breaking programme of mental health-themed arts events aimed at spark conversation and challenging stigma and See Change is delighted to be a part of it once again.
See Change’s acclaimed production of ‘Box of Frogs’ will return as part of the festival programme at the MillTheatre Dundrum on Friday, 11 January. In ‘Box of Frogs’ actress Mary McEvoy, comedian John Moynes and Newstalk broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe share their own stories of personal experience with a mental health problem to demystify, debunk and ultimately have a laugh with what really goes on inside our heads.
The festival gets underway on January 2nd with a Therapy Sessions gig in The Workman’s Club featuring Tony Wright, See Change ambassador’s Heathers and many more and the first of four performances of Stefanie Preissner’s acclaimed play Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend.
It will continue with visual art, film and music events; Jonathan Couettes’s 2002 documentary Tarnation; and the internationally acclaimed and award-winning play Silent – winner of two awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
Hollywood actor Joey Pantoliano will discuss his own clinical depression and his campaign to challenge the stigma of mental illness alongside British contemporary artist Stuart Semple in a discussion chaired by Amnesty International Ireland’s executive director, Colm O’Gorman.
The festival will close on January 12 with a finale gig at The Button Factory in Temple Bar featuring Le Galaxie, We Cut Corners, Kopek and Vann.
First Fortnight 2013 is partnered by Amnesty International Ireland, Mental Health Reform and See Change.