Red Pants Productions presents
MindPLAY, Hamilton’s Premiere Mental Health Theatre Festival at the Staircase Café Theatre
May 11th, 2017. HAMILTON - Imagine a theatre festival that brings mental health to the forefront. Imagine an opportunity to talk about mental health issues without the fear of stigma or discrimination. You’ve imagined MindPLAY, Hamilton’s first ever mental health theatre festival. MindPLAY runs May 26th-28th at the Staircase Café Theatre.
MindPLAY is an opportunity for artists to share their stories on stage either under their own name or an alias. Creative Director of Red Pants Productions, Adam Bryan says “We wanted to create something where you can see a variety of performers come together in a safe space. We wanted to create a supportive environment for everyone.”
Artists and performers between the ages of 25-65 are featured in the first ever MindPLAY festival, which will see ten shows divided into two separate groups. Group 1 will be performing Friday the 26th at 7 PM, and Saturday the 27th at 1 PM. Group 1 features the shows “YellowZoned”, “The Kid”, “Stonewalled”, and “The Dark Days.”
Group 2 will be performing Saturday the 27th at 7 PM and Sunday the 28th at 1 PM. Group 2 features “The ADHD Project”, “BorderLine Me”, “Weal of Dysphoria”, “The Pink Elephant” and “Slip, Knit, Purl.” The poem “The Carving” will appear on the Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances.
Red Pants Productions is a company that specializes in theatre, event and artist services for hire, previously working on big events like Pride at the Pier and the HamilTEN Festival. The company has previously helped remount Fringe productions like Robin Zee’s BorderLine Me and Alia Ettienne’s YellowZoned. Previous fundraising efforts include last year’s Stand with Kesha event which raised money for Halton Women’s Place and SACHA, and Adam Bryan’s WRECKED Cabaret, an event taking place the same night as Bryan Adams’ Reckless Anniversary Tour.
Festival Info for MindPLAY – Hamilton’s Premiere Mental Health Theatre Festival:
Venue: Staircase Café Theatre (27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton)
Dates: May 26th @ 7 PM, May 27th @ 1 PM & 7 PM, May 28th @ 1 PM
Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for students. Tickets available at https://www.ticketscene.ca/series/474/