Declaration

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

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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.

Participation

ADHD Awareness Training 

Alongside our tour of Declaration we deliver free day-long ADHD Awareness training sessions in partnership with ADHD Foundation for those working with young people. The training equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively support the needs of children and young people with ADHD, covering classroom strategies, coping mechanisms, building resilience and nurturing constructive environments.

Wellbeing Room

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

On the road

Declaration premiered at The Lowry in June 2016 to sell out audiences, critical acclaim and advocacy from medical and educational professionals. In August 2016 Declaration was performed at Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Between May-July 2017 Declaration toured to over 1,000 people at 17 venues across the country.

 With thanks to

Developed with The Lowry. 2017 tour in Association with Oldham Library and the ADHD Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by The Granada Foundation, NHS City Health Care Partnership Foundation, Fowler Smith & Jones Trust and Action Oldham.Early development supported by The Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust and Art with Heart Kickstarter Backers.