MY NAME IS...

MY NAME IS… explores a personal journey about mental health but through another performer who receives the script unrehearsed. I and a third person are present throughout, spurring the performer on - but never directing. What the audience receive is spontaneous decision making from the performer. Reminiscent of some of Ant Hampton’s work, the performer is not a stranger, they are a friend – a fact which becomes the apex of the script. A friend stands at the microphone and delivers to the audience the inner workings of a mind which is present but unable to speak the words itself.

I realize this is all beginning to sound desperately dark. It isn’t, or at least it isn’t meant to be. From a previous work in progress a sense of humour was revealed in the performance – like a stand up comedian who can’t help but tell their friend’s secret, and acknowledge it with an audience. The point is not to lecture an audience on mental health, but instead metaphorically sit with them and share that it isn’t possible to predict and rehearse everything in life – sometimes we can only tackle it on the spot.