Bristol-based performance company receives funding from money raised by HealthTogether to help women with mental health issues

21 November 2012

Using money raised by HealthTogether through The Health Lottery, performance company Drastic Productions has been awarded a grant of almost £10,000 from People’s Health Trust.

Using money raised by HealthTogether through The Health Lottery, performance company Drastic Productions has been awarded a grant of almost £10,000 from People’s Health Trust.

Drastic Productions is a performance company working within live art and theatre. It works with people who do not usually have access to the arts including people with mental health issues and women in particular.  The company creates space for people to take supported risks in performance and create new work. The company works to professional standards and draws upon expertise from leading multi disciplinary artists.

This new funding has enabled them to set up and run a programme of master classes, over the course of a year, for women with mental health issues. The project aims to increase self-esteem and confidence amongst participants through a series of master classes focusing on performance, writing and devising, facilitated by leading live artists and writers. A key strand of the project is peer-to-peer support, led by some established group members.

The women will themselves commission a graphic novelist to work with them to portray their stories. 

Liz Clarke, founder of Drastic Productions, said: “We are thrilled to be offered this valuable funding to turn this project into a reality. We are rising to the challenge of overcoming negative stereotyping of mental health and this project will be a glorious celebration of women’s extraordinary lives and achievements.”

Chris Lunn, Director - HealthTogether said:  “We are delighted to be supporting Drastic Productions, this project which will not only provide creative opportunities but life-changing skills for the women who participate.”

So far, over half a million pounds (£586,571.83) has been raised for health good causes in Wiltshire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire by HealthTogether through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already been awarded funding in the area include:  The Conservation Volunteers, Bluebell Nurses, Brushstrokes, Dementia UK, Mencap, Playing out CIC, Action for Elders Trust and the Carers Trust.

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about HealthTogether contact Tom Embury – [email protected] / 020 3384 8309 / 07743 444 107

For media enquiries about Drastic Productions contact Liz Clarke  - [email protected] / 07748805674.

Editors notes

HealthTogether is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Wiltshire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. www.HealthTogetherCIC.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Drastic Productions is a not for profit performance company working with people who do not usually access the arts.

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