Depressed Cake Shop & Company Chameleon – Witness
Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, Falmouth University
20 and 21 October
Following World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts will present two events to raise awareness of mental health issues and challenge the stigma and misconceptions that surround them.
On Thursday October 20th, a team of 1st Year students from BA (Hons) Creative Event Management are hosting a Depressed Cake Shop, part of a worldwide phenomenon of pop-ups selling highly-customised cakes donated by local bakers, as a way to get people talking about mental illness. There is one creative brief, that all cakes are grey (to symbolise depression) . Many will also include a pop of bright colour on the inside (to symbolise hope.)
The Depressed Cake Shop will raise funds and awareness for two mental Health charities, Carrick MIND and BiPolar UK, who will be present on the day, along with Student Services- Wellbeing to provide a safe place for conversation and to raise awareness of support that is available. The Depressed Cake Shop will open at 12 and continue until 2pm.
On Friday October 21st, AMATA hosts National Dance Award Nominees, Company Chameleon who will present their new production, Witness. Witness turns the spotlight on mental health in a sensitive and unique portrayal of a family coping through crisis. Raw and insightful, Witness breaks down preconceptions by uncovering the realities of an illness, which is too often misunderstood. Intimate solos, emotive duets and group work combine to reveal the impact of mental health on relationships, and the crucial role of support and understanding in the road to recovery.
A melting pot of dance styles and a rich mix of movement techniques, Witness presents a totally original view on the different layers of mental illness, delving deep into an issue which effects one in four of us each year. Touching, sad, funny and absurd, this is relevant and up-to-the-minute dance theatre.
Tickets; £14/12 Concession