Drama workshop tackles mental health stigmas

An innovative drama and song workshop aimed at young people in West Lothian has been hailed a great success by organisers.

The Dream Machine, a programme running at the Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate (17th to 21st October), is one of over 40 events taking place as part of the Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival throughout October.

Firefly Arts, based in Livingston, have co-ordinated the programme and Director, Joanna van den Berg, admits it has been a fantastic week:

“It has given the young people a great opportunity to make new friends, develop their creative talents and explore positive strategies for shaping their future.
“Working with drama, sound and music professionals, the children have created performances and soundtracks based on themes of aspiration and exploring how small steps can generate big changes.
“Firefly Arts are delighted to be part of the Lothian Mental Health Arts Festival, and particularly pleased with the new and ongoing partnerships that the project has generated.”

Linda Irvine, Strategic Programme Manager, Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lothian, said:

“This is a fantastic event which adds to the extensive programme on offer this year.
“The Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival helps to promote wellbeing within all communities in Lothian, and to tackle the stigma felt by those affected by mental health issues.
“We all have to look after our mental health and wellbeing, and the arts provide a perfect platform for everyone to do that.”

Firefly Arts provide quality drama, film and arts activity for children and young people across West Lothian. For more information please call Margaret Lindsay on 08447 744496 or email margaret@firefly-arts.co.uk.