Matthew Johnstone, the author of the best-selling book about depression, has given Peterborough theatre company, Small Nose Productions the rights to create a performance of the internationally acclaimed piece.
I Had A Black Dog has been lauded for its reader-friendly depiction of living and coping with the condition.
Mark Curtis, of Small Nose, told Stage Review: “The project is about trying to raise awareness about Mental Health issues – and begins with this first 30 mins (a scratch production) of the best selling book.
“The company hope to take it to a full length version later this year”.
Said Johnstone of Small Nose: “Their chaotic approach, constant search for the correct balance between laughter and something more poignant and their audacity for things that are silly and at the heart of us all, makes this company the perfect eclectic mix for dealing with the dark world of the Black Dog.”
Small Nose is inviting audiences to a 35-minute scratch performance, followed by a post show discussion at the following venues:
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, April 11th; New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, April 12; Key Theatre, Peterborough, April 14; Norwich Arts Centre, April 15 and The Cifftown Theatre, Southend, April 16.
Small Nose Productions is working in partnership with The Britten Partnership which has funded the research and development project.
The Britten Partnership works within education to create links between businesses and employment in the East of England.
Johnstone said: “Together we can tame the beast, Woof, Woof!”
Visit www.smallnose.net for more information.