"Modern life is making us lonelier, and recent research indicates that this may be the next biggest public health issue on par with obesity and substance abuse." - Rebecca Harris, The Independent.
For our next project 'The Lonely Society' Common Chorus theatre company are making a new show about the mental health impacts of social isolation and loneliness. To make it we are going to engage around 140 people from West Yorkshire whose lives have been touched by the impacts of social isolation. We already have the the start of a story inspired by the experiences of our friend Gemma Bonham:
'Julia's been forced to stop work. She’s surprised how lonely she is. What’s the point of a life where you don’t take part?
Then one day an oik in a red hoodie and a David Cameron mask reaches through the window and steals her purse. The police say she’s been targeted because she’s a “vulnerable person”. She hates being called that. She offers them more tea all the same. She really, really doesn’t want them to leave.'
The journey to make the show will involve biographical storytelling workshops with people at risk, working with a community script writing team to puts their story at the heart of the project, and a spoken word community performance with our partners Love Arts Festival and InterACT.
Common Chorus use participatory theatre as part of our rigorous approach to understanding the world of the story we are creating. The final nationally touring theatre show will be an entertaining music and storytelling performance that will speak urgently and truthfully about its subject.
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