Wednesday, 18 September 2019

NEWS: Award-winning Contact Young Company (Manchester) tackles mental health

Milestones and Mental Health Explored in brand new Young Company Show

Buying a house, getting married and having a baby have previously been seen as measures of success in life and in society: Tangible evidence which supposedly says  that having certain stuff by a certain age means “you’ve made it” But in 2019, are these markers still relevant or true? Or are they now out-dated and unhealthy milestones that can no longer be trusted or respected to accurately represent what success means to a younger generation.

Created by the critically acclaimed in-house Contact Young Company (CYC) in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Theater  DEGASTEN , Baby Fever explores the relationship between milestones and mental health  And - in response to the key theme of this year’s SICK! Festival of which the show is part - the young cast question, what is the value of a life when they no longer trust the world in which they live
● No trust in Politics or  the Government,
● No trust in Social media/ information / fake news
● No trust in Authority/ Knowledge/ History
● No trust in Science
● No trust on what we eat or how it is made
● No trust in our self’s, our emotion, feelings, behaviour.
Devised through a series of workshops and discussions, fusing movement with monologues and physical theatre with performance, Baby Feveris an intimate and interactive theatrical experience staged in parts by the company with their eyes closed with unconventional seating laid on for the audience.

Written, devised and developed by the talented and thought-provoking Contact Young Company – their ideas and their creativity have been honed , supported and directed by Theater DEGASTEN – a leading Youth Theatre Company from Amsterdam whose principles align with those of CYC’s. Both companies exist to develop and nurture the talents of young people from all backgrounds and levels of experience to give training to and a vital voice and platform to the next generation of artists, actors, performers and writers.

Baby Fever is presented by Contact Young Company and Theater DEGASTEN . It runs at Stun Studio at Z Arts from Tuesday October 1 – Thursday October 3 at 7pm.
There will be a free post show discussion on Tuesday 1 October
There will also be a BSL interpreted performance on Wednesday 2 October

Produced by Contact
Commissioned by Contact and SICK! Festival
Created by Contact Young Company and Theater DEGASTEN
Directed by Theater DEGASTEN
Sound Design by DJ Lovesupreme
Associate Artist – Bridget Fiske
Assistant Artist - Miray Sidhom


Contact Young Company and Theater DEGASTEN
Baby Fever
Part of SICK! Festival 2019
October 1-3
STUN  Studio, Z Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Manchester M15 5ZA
Suitable for Over 14s
Tickets between £5 and £15 / 0161 274 0600

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