Let’s Go Crazy! by Susie Crooks.

Adapted and Directed for the stage by Adam Fresco and Simon Clark
Performed by Simon Clark

A monologue based on Susie’s short stories and poems which tell it like it is, only with a wonderfully wry sense of humour. As Susie says: “People need to understand that mental distress defeats everyone at some point in their lives. I have never met anyone who’s chronically ‘normal.’ I think the Mental Illness “industry” has a lot to answer for in creating stigma and discrimination. Our treatments in acute care are barbaric and need to change.”

Susie Crooks lives in Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay. Susie has delivered workshops for Like Minds providers all over New Zealand. She writes to try and put a human face on madness and show that there’s value in the experience.

“Let’s Go Crazy”” was written and performed for the 2010 reTHiNK Theatre Challenge “M.A.D. …it’s a matter of degree”, produced by Dramatrain.

Filmed by Morningside Productions

reTHiNK is run by Mind and Body Consultants as part of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

 

SIS: Suffering In Silence by Alison Freeman.

Directed by Adam Fresco.
Performed by Tanya Christensen

The disadvantages of self-diagnosis. The heroic tale of a woman who suffers but does so without a murmur, complaint or moan. Like a modern day saint, she is an example to us all and her only true fault is, as she would say (if indeed she spoke at all), her unerring perfection.

Alison Freeman is 20 and lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her cat, Bruce. Alison is fond of saying to anyone listening that she’s an actor who dreams one day of being a waitress in Hollywood. This is her first play and the first thing she has written not using crayon. Alison has been diagnosed as manic-depressive, but then, as she says — who isn’t nowadays?

“S.I.S Suffering in Silence” was written and performed for the 2010 reTHiNK Theatre Challenge “M.A.D. …it’s a matter of degree” and produced by DramaTrain.

Filmed by Morningside Productions

reTHiNK is run by Mind and Body Consultants as part of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.