This discussion will focus on living in the ‘age of anxiety’ and how we can create more fulfilling lives. We are particularly looking around reducing the stigma of mental health conditions, celebrating the triumphs of people who really can thrive despite experiencing these type of health issues. Engagement in nature and engagement in the arts are great and inspiring ways of overcoming mental distress or anxiety in the modern age.
We welcome the following guests as part of the discussion:
Salma Qasim is a PhD student focusing on mental health stigma, anti-stigma campaigns and how these relate to race and ethnicity. She also works as a reablement worker, specialising in promoting independence and giving emotional support to enable individuals to control and manage their own lives.
Mick McKeown is Professor of Democratic Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire. He is a mental health nurse and active in Unison the trade union, interested in alternative forms of mental health care, creativity and community organising.
Performance artist Chanje Kunda was suffering with stress and anxiety and discovered that plants reduce stress. She then learnt that some women in Mexico, fed up with men, were getting married to trees. The trees aren’t very talkative, but they are tall, do great things for the planet, and are renowned for their wood. Chanje was inspired and surrendered to this notion. She fell in love with plants, fleshy succulents, monstera’s hand shaped leaves, venus flytrap, the twining of a creeper. The pressures of life drifted away.
This show maps her journey, and features a harem of stunning tropical plants. There will be music and movement, dramatic narrative and metaphors and growth and renewal, and the show ends on a climax…
With us forever comparing our lives to those of others on social media and the superficial numbers game that is dating via online apps, Plant Fetish will inspire you to embrace foliage over FOMO!
Commissioned by Eclipse, HOME and ARC as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World.
“A dense thicket of amusing content which is well delivered with charm and elegance.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer
“An enticing monologue and view into Chanje’s life experience; you find yourself engrossed by her poignant, yet belly-laughing performance.” – FUSE FM
★★★★ “Chanje’s open and frank persona engages you straight away… Plant Fetish is described as a work in progress, however with its precocious lead at the helm, it already has the hallmark of an engaging and competent piece of drama.” – Quays Life
“An emotional rollercoaster of a play.” – Mancunion
“Occupies a strange place somewhere between stand-up comedy and a lonely stranger talking to you at a bar… Plant Fetish is a show about needing hope – about trying to find a sign of a concrete future – and finding every hint of it melts through your fingers.” – Exeunt
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