Comedy play on mental health to be performed at The Brewery Fringe Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 16 February 2018

Playwright Michelle Payne will have her show Full Circle performed at The Brewery Fringe Festival.

Playwright Michelle Payne will have her show Full Circle performed at The Brewery Fringe Festival.

Michelle Payne

A comedy play that hopes to raise awareness of mental health will be performed at Romford’s first ever fringe festival.

Playwright and director Michelle Payne will have her latest play Full Circle take centre stage at The Brewery Fringe Festival, held at the empty Carphone Warehouse unit in The Brewery shopping centre, on February 23 and 24.

“I don’t believe enough people, especially young people, from Essex go to the theatre, or feel that theatre is for them”, Michelle said.

“I want to write plays that are like watching Netflix.

“With strong characters and narratives specifically for working class people. And best of all I’ve tried to keep the tickets affordable.”

Full Circle tells the tale of 21-year-old Nicola who sets up a peer support group in Essex in a bid to start making some friends.

Joined by just Amy who’s got the hump and Skye whose real name isn’t Skye, doubt creeps in as to whether they can go from just three of them to a full circle of friends without telling the world about their mental health issues.

Michelle said: “I use comedy in my writing a lot to help lighten subjects and make people feel comfortable with the discussion.

“I want to break the stereotypes surrounding mental health sufferers and I’m hoping even the most sceptical of audience members will come away having learned something, or with a new opinion on mental health.”

The festival is being put on by Community Interest Company (CIC) Made Public which is working in partnership with The Brewery shopping centre.

“I’m so happy to be presenting my play so close to home.

“I have worked with the Queens’ Theatre in Hornchurch a lot, so it’s nice to have yet another creative hub in the area.”

Full Circle will be performed at The Brewery Fringe Festival on February 23 from 3.30pm and February 24 from 7.30pm.

There will also be a bucket collection after both shows for the mental health charity Mind.

For more information on the festival, visit here

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