Harlow Playhouse awarded £49,000 from Arts Council England

Entertainment / Sat 27th Apr 2019 am30 07:05am

Harlow Playhouse awarded £49,000 from Arts Council England.

HARLOW Playhouse is delighted to announce that they have been successful in their bid for a National Lottery Project Grant, through Arts Council England. The grant is being used to provide a weeks’ worth of activities supporting and aiming to improve Harlow’s Mental Health alongside commissioning award-winning choreographer Rhiannon Faith to create a brand new show I TALK TO THE CLOUDS AND THEY CRY WITH ME.

The Cloud Hub will be based in The Harvey Centre and will be open 11 – 8 each day from the 14th May until 18th May hosting a range of activities including – Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Therapy, Music, Mental Health Workshops, Yoga, Moan for Free, Feelings with Fanny, Mindfulness Mural and a Mental Health Market Place.

All Supported by Harlow Playhouse Young Practitioners. 

I TALK TO THE CLOUDS AND THEY CRY WITH ME is a beautifully moving and honest dance theatre show about loneliness, forgiveness and friendship. Set within a spectacular and dramatic cloud structure, and based on a true story, two performers tell one man’s struggle through illness and suffering, and his desire to live in the sky. 

The show shines a light on mental health problems and discusses death, suicide and the suffering we experience through illness.

Associate Artist of Harlow Playhouse, Rhiannon Faith, said: It’s been a privilege to make this show with massive support from the wonderful team at Harlow Playhouse and Arts Council England. I am retelling the story of a friend who is no longer with us. They had depression. Writing the show has reconnected me to them and bought their personality and brilliance back into my life. I am currently writing the last chapter about hope. I want the show to offer hope to Harlow and for the members of our community that are finding life tough. To celebrate Mental Wellbeing the project involves a curated Cloud Hub and with the help of the amazing young practitioners at HP, we will be inviting Harlow into a caring space full of awesome art activities and offering support from health professionals and service providers.

Rory Davies of Harlow Playhouse said:
We are delighted that with Rhiannon we have been able to achieve this funding; this is fantastic for Arts and Culture in Harlow and a great project to align our work to the importance of positive mental wellbeing. Through our work in the Cloud Hub and Rhiannon Faith’s newly commissioned show “I Talk To The Clouds and They Cry With Me” we hope we can spend the week caring for Harlow’s Mental Health. The most exciting part is our secret location for this fantastic new show…

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