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Ziggy’s Wish Engagement presents Arts Health Technology trilogy ‘HOAX Our Right to Hope’

Ziggy’s Wish Engagement presents Arts Health Technology trilogy ‘HOAX Our Right to Hope’ 

Acclaimed Musical ‘Hoax My Lonely Heart’ Is Touring North England April 2017 As Part Of A Groundbreaking Cross-Media Trilogy.

HOAX Our Right to Hope tells the true story of Rob a young man from Manchester and his poetry life and death with schizophrenia. 

Ticketholders will experience Rob’s story across three mediums. Firstly with unique access to a narrative Choose Your Own Journey app which can be accessed following ticket purchase. Secondly by attending the stage musical at the venue of their choice. Thirdly when they take home their copy of multi-award-winning graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues. 

The stage musical is characterised by Benji Reid’s distinctive highly energised and emotionally conflicting style of physical theatre perfectly capturing this true story based on a poem written by Ravi Thornton’s younger brother Rob who committed suicide in 2008 at the age of 31 after a long battle with schizophrenia.

Director Benji Reid said: ‘This is more than a musical. It really shook people the first time around they came out of the performance emotionally changed somehow. Three years later I’m dying to get back onto it. This work has resonance it needs to be in the public domain.’ 

Rising star Christopher Tendai joining the musical having just completed a West End run of Lin Manuel Miranda's iconic  ‘In The Heights’ and Edinburgh Fringe favourite ‘Smother’ said: ‘I’m attracted to shows that inspire me to be a better performer. The director and creative team behind the show and its message around young men and suicide make me very committed to sharing this piece with others.’ 

With a score by folktronic composer and producer Minute Taker whose albums include ‘Too Busy Framing’ ‘Last Things’ and ‘To Love Somebody Melancholy’ the musical explores one of Rob’s poems in particular and the aspects of his life that led him to write it. A poem about love’s bite bitternesses and haunting regrets the stage version is an intimate piece that delves deep into the emotions of that time drawing from fact and fragments of remembered conversations. The story is set over six-months before Rob’s diagnosis of schizophrenia and leading to his first major psychotic episode. 

The graphic novel picks up several months later after Rob’s diagnosis with contributions from ten of the best comics and graphic artists in the world today, including Brian Talbot (‘The Adventures of Luther Arkwright’), Rian Huges ’ (‘2000AD), Julian Henshaw (‘Tim Ginger’ ), Hannah Berry (‘Britten and Brülightly’) and many more. 

The narrative app brings audience participation, inviting ticketholders to make choices that affect Rob’s journey and also to take part in a groundbreaking study around mental health stigma. NHS and ethics approved and run by the esteemed Psychosis Research Unit the study is the first time cross-media artworks have been used as a conduit for quantitative research into stigma and perception around mental health. 

Writer and creator of HOAX Ravi Thornton said: ‘Any young man’s life is full of beauty and contradictions. Rob’s was especially so. It was challenging to capture this and important to immerse the audience fully through a combination of mediums so that they can really understand.’ 

HOAX is at The Civic on Tuesday 4 April - Friday 7 April at 7.30pm. On Wednesday 5 April there is a matinee showing at 2pm also. Tickets are £16 full price and £12 concessions.