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The Civic supports a New Play Addressing Mental Health and Male Suicide.

Play About Mental Health and Male Suicide in Barnsley

This season The Civic On Tour presents a new show exploring mental health, inner demons, loneliness and male suicide, The Life & Soul by Chris O’Connor.

Meet Jim. He’s always been a bit of a character, just like his Dad, and spends most of his life between the bookies, the pub and the football. He’s always had this lingering feeling though that he doesn’t quite fit into this world, that there’s something different about him, something wrong…
 
“Jim begins to feel empty as his mates drift away to real life, and their refusal to talk about his problems leaves him ever more isolated. ‘Chin up mate’ is their standard response which as Jim points out isn’t much help… this working class wideboy is increasingly besieged by ‘back clouds’ that threaten to drag him under.” Paul Clarke
 
Jim’s never told his story to anyone before, but tonight he’s going to tell it to you.
Written by Chris O’Connor and directed by Rod Dixon, The Life & Soul is funny, grounded, glowing with charm, and very, very real.
 
“Chris O’Connor’s short thirty-five minute play draws attention to the terrible difficulties many men have in dealing with a depression their supposed toughness tells them they can’t even admit. But as Chris O’Connor shows, even the life and soul of a gathering can be struggling with dangerous levels of depression.” British Theatre Guide
 
Included in the ticket is a performance by Matt Abbott, a star of the spoken word scene, fresh from a full run at Edinburgh Fringe, where his show 'Two Little Ducks' attracted 5* from the national press.
 
The show is followed by a post show chat
 
The Life & Soul is on at 6:00pm on Wednesday 1 November at The Live Arts Café, Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW

Tickets £5 including a free drink

Recommended for ages 14+