Coinciding with the premiere of Under Three Moons, theatre company Box of Tricks have joined forces with a number of charities to deliver a programme of mental health engagement activities across Manchester, Huddersfield and Liverpool.
Working with Mind Manchester and The Samaritans, the programme aims to raise
awareness, engage new audiences and spark conversation about everyday mental health for men.
Under Three Moons tells the story of two men growing together, a relationship that’s close but often unarticulated. It shows how the lack of direct expression can become the defining trait in life. The new play explores male friendships, our perception of masculinity and how our attitude towards men’s mental health has shifted over the years.
“In recent years, a long-overdue conversation about male mental health has been sparked,” explains Co-Artistic Director of Box of Tricks, Adam Quayle.
“As a society, we’re finally beginning to recognise that a culture of not talking, of ‘manning up’ is making men miserable. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. That’s a pretty stark fact.”
“With that firmly in mind, alongside our tour of Under Three Moons, we’re delighted to be launching a raft of activities to get people talking and to raise mental health awareness.”
Box of Tricks will be running the Under Three Moons Social Club, an informal post-show chat about the play and issues raised.
Alongside voices from local mental health charities, the cast and company will spark a relaxed conversation about everyday mental health in the modern age, the changing face of masculinity and the nature of male friendship. The Social Club is free and everyone is welcome.
The first sessions are:
- The Lowry, Salford – Wednesday 25 September 2019, with Mind
- Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield– Friday 4 October 2019, with The Samaritans
- Unity Theatre, Liverpool – Friday 11 October 2019.
Under Three Moons will open at The Lowry, Salford from the 24th to 28th September and then tour to Huddersfield, Liverpool, Crewe, Hull, Ormskirk, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Mold and Whitehaven.
For further information on the production and programme of mental health engagement activities visit www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk.