My Mental Breakdown: A Musical is heading back to an bigger stage.
The production – written by Max Kingdom – is a semi-autobiographical story that follows an LGBTQ couple affected by suicide.
Through song, the musical aims to highlight the fact that people struggling with their mental health are not always noticeable, hoping to stamp out the stigma and fear around mental health issues.
My Mental Breakdown: A Musical first premiered at The Exchange at North Shields earlier this year, but will now move to a bigger venue with support from Northern Pride.
“The team have taken a very difficult, but incredibly important, subject matter and created an amazing play which is a really emotional experience to watch,” said Ste Dunn, chair of Northern Pride.
“Although the stigma surrounding mental health is lifting, many people still find it a difficult subject to address and productions like this are helping to create a discussion around it.
“We are really pleased we have been able to have a part in getting the play to a wider audience and I hope people will make the effort to go and see what Max and the team have put together.”
The show’s producer, Emily Fay Palmer-Giles, added: “The entire team is massively excited to see the production return with the help of Northern Pride.
“The show was a huge success the first time around and we’ve had lots of messages from people who are grateful to see representation of mental illness, or who have gained more of an understanding of what it can be like to live with it.
“It’s a powerful show with a very strong message and we’re so grateful to have this support and be working alongside a fantastic charity.”
My Mental Breakdown: A Musical will open to audiences for a performance at Northern Stage on 18 May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.
The production is one of a number of satellite events organised by Northern Pride in the run up to the Northern Pride Festival weekend, which takes place 19-21 July.
Form more information about Northern Pride and to see their line-up of events, you can visit their official website here.