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The Cathedral embraces the arts to mark World Mental Health & Homeless Days

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Gloucester Cathedral embraces the arts to mark World Mental Health and World Homeless Day 2019

Gloucester Cathedral is marking World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day with dedicated events to raise awareness of contemporary social issues through creative performance and information sharing. The stunning Lady Chapel and atmospheric Crypt will be performance venues for two creative productions, while Cathedral Green will house the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Information Bus for a day.

Local Theatre Company Spaniel in the Works worked with school groups and Age UK Gloucestershire to research the Gloucester Asylum Records Archive to develop the play

War in Mind. The piece will be performed in the Lady Chapel on Monday 7 October at 1.30pm and 7.00pm. This unique and hard-hitting performance highlights historic and contemporary challenges of living with mental ill health, including stigma and societal rejection. Tickets are available on the door.

In contrast, performances of Stone Cold 2 will take place in the Crypt on Thursday 10 October at 1.30pm and 7.00pm as part of the Cathedral’s Youth Engagement programme. This moving contemporary performance has been developed and is performed by undergraduates and graduates from the University of Gloucestershire alongside professional artists. The performance uses movement and sound to convey the emotional journey surrounding mental ill health and homelessness.

Stone Cold 2 is free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance via the Cathedral website. Donations will be welcomed and donated to HAVING’s Cloister Challenge 2020 – a partner event held at the Cathedral to raise money for the homeless and vulnerable in Gloucester.

The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“This week of events illustrates powerful stories of hope and courage through performing arts. It is vitally important that we all understand the complexities of mental ill health and homelessness and how, as a community, we can welcome and help those in need.”

The Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Information Bus will take up residence on Cathedral Green on World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day - Thursday 10 October from 10.00am-3.00pm. Qualified team members will be on hand to provide information about local services and sources of support. They are also warmly inviting the public to come along and share ways that make you feel good to celebrate wellbeing and self-care.

ENDS

Press Enquiries

Gloucester Cathedral
Helen Jeffrey
Community Engagement Manager
01452 229838
helen.jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk
www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Spaniel in the Works
John Bassett
info@spanielworks.co.uk

Stone Cold 2
Gillian Yates
Director
gillianyatesvoice@gmail.com

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
ghccomms@glos-care.nhs.uk

HAVING
Martin Henshaw
Chair of Trustees
Chair-Having@outlook.com


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