Theatre is a form of knowledge, it should and can also be a means of transforming society. In our weekly workshop sessions we find that theatre can help members build the futures they long for rather than just waiting for it to happen.
…black men who struggle with their mental health and well being had access to:
Artists with lived experienced of their own mental health struggles
Artists with similar intersectional experiences to them
Artists who made critical acclaimed work
Art spaces that create specific programmes around peoples mental health
Other people who are struggling with their mental health
Other people who are interested in making or developing their creativity
The ability to work collectively to decide how the above happens and also influence and impact how service’s support Black men and their mental health and well-being
…black men who struggle with their mental health and well-being had the potential to:
Build lasting relationships with artists and arts organisations that want to nourish Black men, their creative practice and communities. To be in brave creative spaces so they can share what has or is happening to them.
Be able to use art to criticise the systems that are failing them
Being able to use art to imagine something other
Be able to use art to help what they imagine become real
Build relationships, conversations and for the care to be real, not performative, or some weird trauma fetishisation
Focus on a process of making, but also have access to ways of sharing their process that is nourishing
Be part of something bigger than themselves, but also be seen as individuals
The videos below demonstrate some of our work and processes. Our work often provokes the audience to consider alternative scenarios.
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We have completed a cycle of work which took place from November 2021 – May 2022. The aim of this new commission from Lambeth Council was to:
Increase participant knowledge in their mental health
Increase in participant confidence and skills
Increase in peer and community capacity
Generate a greater system understanding of the issues impacting on health and wellbeing of black men to inform interventions
In our weekly workshop sessions we spend our time working creatively through theatrical symbolisations that explore the ways in which the members are oppressed by social & internal factors. Through this work we aim to improve the men’s mental health and wellbeing and identify ways in which the group can influence the quality of services that are provided for them in the community.
The man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.
Games & Exercises
These videos show you some of the games we employ in our weekly workshops.
This is a clip from our first session at Mosaic Clubhouse. 42 black men attended and participated in introductions and a discussion about what it’s like to be a in group and speak honestly about how they are. Many of the men commented on how uplifting the experience was. They spoke honestly about their own experiences and decision making around suicide, and also shared and acknowledged bereavements in the past year. There was some discussion about autism and how the group can support each other with the group experience when they are easily overwhelmed