Going Public Theatre
Company present Snakes and Ladders, their new mental health awareness
‘Snakes and Ladders’ looks at three separate story lines, each looking at the struggles of dealing with mental ill-health.
We see Dan’s struggle with Depression and historical Self Harm, and hear through the personification of the illness what he may be experiencing. Chloe has anxiety and we hear of her struggling through exams and how she has had to deal with relationships, and rely on the support of family and friends. Finally we see two parents struggling to come to terms with their son’s eating disorder and figuring how they can best support him. Ultimately, through the three story lines we learn about each illness and ways in which people cope, and we reinforce that there is hope and a road of recovery which sometimes can seem so distant.
‘Snakes and Ladders’ seeks to start a conversation and raise awareness about Mental Health, illnesses & well being, that we all have it and should care for it. It signposts those struggling to places for help and tries to begin to break down any stigma that still exists and encourage self-help techniques and therapeutic tools. Above all, the piece aims to highlight hope & worth and show that recovery is possible, we all have a part to play and we are not alone.