A curious, colourful and candid exploration of ADHD, Mental Health and Diagnosis.
Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.
Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood doctor thought it was sugar. Her current doctor thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?
Developed in consultation with medical professionals, ADHD and mental health support groups, Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences, and the faces we wear to fit in.
With autobiographical storytelling, comedy, and conversations with audiences, Declaration takes you on vibrant and daring adventure that asks you to roll around in your weirdness, make a hat out of it and dance.
Declaration tours with ‘SPACE’, a well-being room curated and hosted by mental health practitioner Steph Walker. ‘SPACE’ offers audience members a cup of tea, chat, well-being tips and activities, as well as signposting to well-being initiatives and services. It is a vital component to help safeguard vulnerable audience members, and is available to access before, during and after the performance.
‘In five years of thinking about the post-show offer to audiences, Declaration‘s well-being room is among the best I’ve encountered: a model of practical generosity’ – Maddy Costa, Exeunt
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Developed with The Lowry. 2018 tour in Association with the ADHD Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England and Sir Andrew Martin Trust. Supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture and Social Impact Fund and Unity Theatre Trust. This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.