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Butterfly

Butterfly

Thursday 26 January, 7pm, Pay What You Decide

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Beatrice, an unlikely heroine, sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. She loved Bowie and the Bay City Rollers back then, and now revisits a personal history she only just remembers. But there is an important detail she has forgotten. Boudica and Butterfly guide her through both big historical moments and small personal details to re-imagine the corner she feels she has been painted into. If she could change the past would she?

Beatrice examines whether the chaos theory of stigma has informed the status of people in her present. Whenever that is.

This clever, funny, dark piece allows us to assess how we treat human beings in the 21st century, expertly performed by Jacqueline Phillips.

What this play is not: It is not all in Beatrice’s head – the characters all exist within the world of the piece. It is not an exploration of a mental health condition. It is not about ‘suffering from’ or ‘surviving’ a condition. It is about the history of stigma, and misunderstandings and misrepresentations. It is about setting the record straight.

Oh, and who is Elizabeth?

An ARC Stockton Cultural Shift production developed in association with Little Cog.

Written and Directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Performed by Jaqueline Phillips

Butterfly will be BSL interpreted 

Please contact ARC if you have any queries about mental health triggers in this piece.

Vici is an associate artist of ARC Stockton and is currently working as Disability Agent of Change on their Cultural Shift programme. This creation of this piece has been informed by the experiences of people with mental health problems.

Please note: This performance is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, click here to find out more.

Also touring to:

31 Jan & 1 Feb - Stratford Circus, London

2 Feb - Lincoln Drill Hall

7 Feb - Exeter Phoenix

9 Feb - The Old Fire Station, Oxford

15 Feb - Harrogate Theatre

9 Mar - Arts Centre Washington

16 Mar - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

21 Mar - Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

25 Apr - Canada Water Culture Space, London

26 Apr - Theatre in the Mill, Bradford