Falkirk drama group impress with their Frank play

FDAMH drama group are in the finals of a prestigious competition
FDAMH drama group are in the finals of a prestigious competition

A Falkirk drama group has beaten off competition from hundreds of productions all over the UK to be shortlisted for a theatre award.

The Falkirk District Association for Mental Health’s media group, Pink 2:2, has been shortlisted for the British Theatre Challenge for their play, Being Frank.

The play was written by the group to challenge perceptions of people with mental health problems and is based on the members experiences of mental ill health and their journeys of recovery.

Falkirk writer Katie White and drama tutor Andy Corelli helped the group, getting their experiences into the script and onto the stage.

The play follows main character Frank, through a period of poor mental health and into his recovery, exploring the barriers and discrimination he faces.

After each performance the actors and writers held a question and answer session with the audience and it is now on the shortlist to be performed by professional actors and filmed at the Lost Theatre in London in October.

The project was funded by See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: “We are delighted for the Pink 2:2 media group, who have created an amazing powerful play which directly challenges the stigma of mental health.

“Our aim is to create a movement of people all over the country who are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination.

“If they get into the top ten this is a great opportunity for the FDAMH media group to spread the anti-stigma message down in London.”

A total of 250 plays competed in the Theatre Challenge, run by the Sky Blue Theatre Company. The winning plays will be announced on July 30.