Shows: Wednesday 26th April, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 full/£6 concessions/£4 discounted
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An ARC Stockton Cultural Shift Production
Written and Directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
BSL Interpreted Performance.
Beatrice, an unlikely heroine in a story of not-so-everyday survival, sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. She loved Bowie, the Buzzcocks and the Bay City Rollers back in the day, and now revisits a personal history she only just remembers. But there is an important detail she has forgotten, and she thinks they are putting words into her mouth. Butterfly is not about suffering from, or surviving, a condition. It is about history, stigma, about misunderstandings and misrepresentations. This clever, funny, dark piece allows us to assess how we treat human beings in the 21st century.
'A gripping, thought-provoking, superbly acted, emotionally engaging, full on 75 minutes! The stories were woven together, with all the threads coming together effectively. Loved it!' Audience response
'I’m keen for the work I create to be a platform for hidden voices and stories, to fill the gaps in culture. With Butterfly, I made a conscious effort to involve other people in the process. I talked to lots of people about their experiences of mental health stigma – so not about their conditions or impairment issues – but about the barriers they face, and the attitudes we experience. It’s about how we, as disabled people, are represented in the media and in wider culture. It’s important to me that we challenge this ever-growing, ever-permeating body of dominant thought, accepted as ‘the norm’, which is so unhelpful and destructive.' read more
Butterfly is the first professional production created during the Cultural Shift programme at ARC Stockton. The project aims to challenge commonly held perceptions of disability and disabled people and also to increase opportunities for disabled people to take part in the arts.