‘Important’ & ‘brave’ Arts Council-backed production ‘Open Mic’ visits Bath next month

‘Important’ & ‘brave’ Arts Council-backed production ‘Open Mic’ visits Bath next month

Posted on: 13 Sep 2019

Lottie is a singer, stepping onto the stage to perform at her local Open Mic Night. 

 

Struck by a panic attack, she unable to sing. Instead, she talks; about her anxiety, the reasons behind it and how it feels to always be at war with your brain.

 

‘Open Mic’ – a production backed by Arts Council England – will run at Bath’s Rondo Theatre on Saturday 12 October.

‘Open Mic’ at The Rondo Theatre in Bath

A semi-autobiographical piece, the one-woman show explores dealing with anxiety and is unafraid to shy away from the difficult realities of the condition.

 

The aim? To give audiences a fresh perspective on anxiety, igniting informed and supported discussion.


Crucially, the team behind the production has won Arts Council England funding to incorporate mental health professional Samantha Day into the production's rehearsal and staging processes. 

 

Samantha, who is a Crisis Councillor with Shout, will be available at stagings for any audience member to pursue further conversations about anxiety in a meaningful way.

 

‘Open Mic’ will run at the Rondo Theatre on Saturday 12 October, before touring across the U.K. Full price tickets crash in at just £12 while concession tickets are available for £8. Get yours here.

 

Can't make it to the Bath showing? See 'Open Mic' at The Room Above in Bristol on Friday 22 November or Saturday 23 November instead. 

 

Since the show opened last summer, it has been awarded four stars by Theatre Bath and been described as ‘searingly honest’ by the egg theatre. 

 

‘Open Mic’ has been produced by Apricity Theatre, a young theatre company based in the South West.

 

Established in 2013 by Bath Spa graduates Hannah Mosettig and Charlotte Turner-McMullan, Apricity produces work that explores identity and its interaction with the world.

 

Reflecting on last year’s production process, writer and director of 'Open Mic' Hattie Taylor said in a blog post:

 

“If you come and see Open Mic – and I really hope you do – you might find that Lottie’s story is a bit alien to you.

 

“You might find it interesting, but not applicable to your own life. But you might recognise that you’ve felt something similar sometime.”

 

“Or it might just help you to see that there are people who will sit and listen.”


See 'Open Mic' at The Rondo Theatre on Saturday 12 October 2019. 


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Kate Hutchison

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