Donation to Young Minds

Apologies for the lack of updates since our last performance – term time got into full swing and we had to wait on a couple of things before making our announcements.

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who came to see the extra performance on Saturday 10th September: the audience was much bigger than we were expecting and everyone felt very engaged with the work we were presenting. Thankyou very much to everyone who helped us at the Abbey Theatre – especially Tina, Paul and Susie who I know in person did a lot of work to help us out – we felt very welcome and supported over there.

Secondly we are delighted to announce that we will be donating £2,535.75 to Young Minds. Thankyou very much to everyone who has donated or bought a ticket to one of the performances; it is thanks to your generosity that we have reached this fantastic amount. You will have helped other young people suffering with a mental illness as well as helping their families and friends understand how to help them best. If you would like more information on the work that Young Minds are doing you can take a look at their website, or this post on our blog.

Theatre of Minds is not finished. We will continue to update the blog when we can, and it is our aim that at some point in the future we’ll come back with a whole new project and production. For now, if you would like to look at the work we have been doing, you can check out the Our Work tab on the blog and follow us on twitter for regular updates.

Thankyou for all of your support – the project was bigger and better than we ever could have imagined and we are all so proud of what we have achieved.

Until next time.

xxx

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Young Minds Parent’s Helpline

All of the funds raised from our production of Base Layer will be donated to the charity Young Minds after the final performance on Saturday 10th September. Young Minds are the UK’s leading youth mental health charity and work with young people and their families when they are struggling with a mental illness.

Young Minds

Young Minds run a confidential parents helpline used by over 10,000 people in 2013 to help direct parents to the right support for their families. Parents, carers, grandparents and professionals like teachers and social workers have used the helpline to try and help a young person under the age of 25. It can be very difficult to make the first step of making this call, but the Young Minds advisors are trained to help you explore your worries and understand what your child is going through. They might then pass you on to a mental health specialist for further consultation.

All you have to do is call 0808 802 5544 (free from a mobile or landline) between 9:30am and 4pm on Monday-Friday and there will be someone there to help.

There is also an online contact form to use if it is easier to write down your concerns rather than saying them outloud. Anyone can contact the charity when they are in need – they have heard it all before and no problem is too small.

The aim of the project is for Young Minds to be able to help everyone who needs them but they can only do with with donations from outside sources in order to further their work. Through our work on Base Layer we have already raised over £2000 to in donations and ticket sales. If you would like to help support the charity, our crowdfunding page is still open for donations, or you can buy a ticket to come and see the performance at the Abbey Theatre on Saturday 10th September, the profits from which will also be donated to the charity. Please help us support the work of this fantastic group. Mental illness is everywhere and everyone is affected!

Theatre of Minds presents: Base Layer

If you missed out on seeing our performances in July, look no further! We recorded the performance on Saturday 16th July, and that is available for viewing here:

One in three children in every classroom suffers from a diagnosable mental health condition; you never know who might be affected. Theatre of Minds is a project, set up by young people between 15 and 19, to give a voice to those children and those around them.

This is a recording of our show, Base Layer, performed in July 2016 to raise money for mental health charity Young Minds. Within the performance we used spoken word, music and physical theatre to try to let anyone affected to know that they are not alone.

Thankyou to everyone who came to any of the performances of Base layer – you made the event very special for us all. If you weren’t able to make it on the night, we hope that this recording will allow you to get a flavour of what those in the live audiences experienced.

All funds raised through this project (in ticket sales and other donations) will be donated to Young Minds – the UKs leading youth mental health charity. If you would like to contribute our crowdfunding page is still open and any donations, however small, will be gratefully received: www.gofund.me/theatreofminds

ORGANISATIONS

Young Minds
Leading charity dedicated to improving the mental health of children and young people.
www.youngminds.org.uk

ChildLine
Children and young people up to 19 can contact childline to talk about anything, big or small.
www.childline.org.uk

Youth Talk
Counselling services avaliable to young people between 13 and 25 who live, work or attend school in the district of St Albans.
www.youthtalk.org.uk

Kooth
Free online counselling for young people, qualified counsellors avaliable till 10pm.
www.kooth.com

Thank you to:

Ms Shepherd, Mrs Hawkins, Miss Hosegood and all the staff at Beaumont School, Emily, Clare, Rhian and Emma at the Trestle Arts Base, Tina Swain at the Abbey Theatre, Andy Gray for technical support, Rachael Peacock at Sandringham School, Anthony Rowlands for help with fundraising, Matt and Jade at Young Minds, Syriol Jones for help with advertising, Jane Johnson at the OLLIE foundation, Debbie White at the Herts Advertiser, Kat Cormack, Kate Newton and Julie Allen from the St Albans City and District Council, Mary Crabtree, the front of house team, Rebecca and Katie for marketing material

Our show was a non-professional, all-profits-to-charity event in which we drew inspiration from a wide range of sources; plays, music, books etc. All materials used belong to the authors.
Materials used: Monkey Bars by Chris Goode, Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, After the End by Dennis Kelly, Cutters Don’t Cry by Christine Dzidrums, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, What it feels like to have Anxiety by Meghan Rinks, Performance Anxiety by Mind, Every Brilliant Thing and Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, Mess by Caroline Horton, Charlie and Lola Theme by John Gresswell, Engine Fire by Silent Partner, Lost Boy by Ruth B, God Moving Over the Face of the World by Vitamin String Quartet, We Bought a Zoo by Jonsi, La Campanellla by Franz Liszt, Intertwined by Dodie Clark, Say Something by A Great Big World, Holes by Layla, Sun by Jonsi, Teardrop by Massive Attack

Thankyou to Katie Walton for filming and editing the video, and we hope you enjoyed the performance.
If you would like to donate, visit our crowdfunding page and help us support Young Minds.

Updates

Some notices (but exciting notices which I hope you will want to read about!)

Firstly
We are delighted to announce that through our crowdfunding campaign along with some outside donations, we have managed to raise nearly £1060 towards this project.

Crowdfunding Amount

This means that we have now surpassed our target of £1000, which will be used to help us put on the best production possible in aid of Young Minds. Thankyou so much to everyone who has donated and got us to this point; we never thought we would raise this much so quickly and have been blown away by the support we have received. Any further contributions will be added to the pot to donate to Young Minds at the end of the project (along with any funds that we don’t use to put on the production) so please continue to share the link and spread awareness of our project. If you would like to find out more about our crowdfunding campaign take a look at our previous posts:
Crowdfunding – We need your help
Crowdfunding Campaign

Secondly
We were featured in the latest edition of the Herts Advertiser. A couple of weeks ago, I conducted a phone interview with chief reporter Debbie White and told her all about Theatre of Minds, what has happened and what we are planning for the next few months.

Herts Ad

Thankyou so much to Debbie White and the Herts Advertiser for their support in spreading the word of our project. We are delighted that our local community has taken such an interest as this production and this cause are so important to us.

Make sure that you are following us on twitter (@theatreofminds) and that you have liked our facebook page to stay up to date with all our goings on.

 

A Quick Update…

Three things that you might be interested to know:

  1. Our fundraising campaign has been going better than we ever could have expected. After a month of our crowdfunding page being live, we have raised 50% of the funds we are aiming for. This is incredible and we are so grateful to everyone who has donated so far! The support we have received has blown us away, so thankyou for making this project possible. Please make sure that you carry on sharing the link (www.gofund.me/theatreofminds) and spreading the word so that we can reach our goal and put on the best production possible!
  2. If you would like to be involved in the project, as a performer, crew member or as part of the marketing team, make sure that you have filled in our form so that we have all of your details recorded. We would like to have our company finalised (as much as possible) by the end of February, and definitely by easter, so if you would like to be involved (especially as a performer) you haven’t got long to put your name down. We would love to have as many people involved as possible as this is a project for our local community, so check out the dates and then get in touch. Any questions, email us on theatreofminds239@gmail.com
  3. The creative process is beginning to become a priority as well. We are taking inspiration from around us and collating a long list of material which we could use to create our piece. If you have any suggestions of media/research we should look at (whether it is a play around the theme of mental illness, a piece of music that we could use for a physical theatre sequence, or an article from the media with particular relevance) we would love to hear from you. If you would like to get in touch. Send us an email on theatreofinds239@gmail.com or tweet us @theatreofminds

Please get involved and spread the word if you can. Thankyou for your continued support: this would not be possible without you.

Crowdfunding – We need your help

Theatre of Minds is a project that we set up in order to raise money for the charity Young Minds. However, in order to successfully do this, we need to raise some funds to help us get off the ground. It is very important to us that all of the money from ticket sales and collections on the night go directly to charity, so that we raise as much as possible. Therefore, the money that we use to hire the theatre, market the event and aquire set and props will need to come from somewhere before the event.

Here is where you come in
We have set up a crowdfunding page using a site called gofundme.com

Here we aim to raise about £1000 to cover the costs of the production (although any money left over from that will also be donated to charity). We are still exploring other fundraising options, but we hope that this will be our main source of funding. Given that Theatre of Minds is a project for our community, it seems quite appropriate that it’s financial basis is also forged from community spirit.

 

How can you help?
There are two ways for you to help us get the funding that we need:
1) Donate via the crowdfunding page: www.gofund.me/theatreofminds Any donations however big or small will be greatly appreciated by everyone involved. We want to put on the best production possible to support the work that Young Minds are doing, but we can only do this with some funds behind us.
2) Whether you are able to donate or not, you can still share the crowdfunding page, or this blog post, on social media to spread the word as far as we can. Tag us in your tweet using @theatreofminds and share this link on your facebook. The further we spread this page, the wider our community will grow.

Thankyou for your support
xx