Wolf Tamer is a coming-of-age story written and performed by Rachel Mae Brady based on her own experiences of growing up, becoming an actor, losing her hero and battling depression. It is an honest, moving and often funny exploration of how grief can change our lives.
We are aiming to stage the first performance of this brand new show with your help. Our goal is to put on a performance of Wolf Tamer at the Old Fire Station, Oxford next February, followed by a Q&A led by representatives from Restore (an Oxford based mental health charity). Wolf Tamer will be directed by Lizzy McBain (Artistic Director, UnderConstruction Theatre) with movement by Emma Webb and design by Nomi Everall.
To give you a little more background to this project; Rachel first started writing 'Wolf Tamer' three months after her uncle Neil died in 2015. He was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality. As a child, he told her stories about his adventures in Egypt, the North Pole and his daring feats on motorbikes and hang gliders. After his unexpected death, Rachel decided she wanted to share Neil's stories with a wider audience. 'Wolf Tamer' is a play for anyone who has ever struggled to get out of bed in the morning, lost someone they loved, or would enjoy a show featuring a ravenous polar bear, an ancient Egyptian mummy and a hat made of crows.
In thanks for helping us to reach our fundraising goal, we are offering a series of amazing rewards including a place on a 6 week Drama, Improv or Screen Acting Course, tickets to the show, original artwork created by Rachel Mae Brady, or a personal project planning session where we will help you get the ball rolling on your own creative project.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in the UK in any given year, yet it is still very difficult to talk about mental illness. We believe this show plays a very important role in breaking down stigma by bringing people together, sharing stories and helping them to realise there is help available. Wolf Tamer explores agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, addiction and the effects of grief on both the sufferers and their friends and families. These health concerns are often misrepresented and trivialised within the media and popular culture. This needs to change as mental health problems are on the rise, especially among young people . Now more than ever, people need to see shows like Wolf Tamer which break the silence surrounding mental health.
Our fundraising goal of £1000 will enable us to hire the Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford for a single performance on Friday 2nd February 2018, and will cover the cost of printing our promotional material.