Back in January at the VAULT Festival we reviewed Mental, a one man show written and performed by Kane Power about his own moving exploration into his mum’s mental health. The show received a five star review from ourselves.
Kane Power Theatre hopes to take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year to help spread the message that mental health matters and the stigma needs to end.
This is a truly unique show that received an overwhelming response from critics, audiences, and mental health organisations at the VAULT Festival.
After being invited to Edinburgh for the month of August by Assembly Festival, the company are left needing to raise £4500 to cover the cost of taking a theatre production to the Festival. In order to do this, Kane has launched a Kickstarter campaign.
There are some exciting rewards on offer, including an original limited edition show album and a signed photograph from supporter Stephen Fry. Kane Power Theatre is also offering sponsorship packages. Follow the link below for further details:
At a time when mental health is increasingly making the headlines, yet still so many are unable to speak about their experience for fear of stigma, Mental tells a personal story that will get people talking. Created by mother and son, Kim and Kane Power, Mental is a powerful insight into one family’s experience of living with a mental illness.
“Hi, I’m Kane, and this show is about me and my mum, and her mental health. I want you to watch this show and feel like you’ve come and had a chat with an old friend. It’s an exploration of the modern mind with music, anecdotes, and medical notes that I hope will give you a sense of her bipolar world. It is about the mind, yes my mum’s mind and my mind but it’s also about your mind too. And if it’s about the mind, somehow it’s about the heart, the soul, and about humans being.”
Throughout the run, Mental will be fundraising for Heads Together, The Centre for Mental Health, Bipolar UK as well as local Edinburgh charity Health in Mind.
Photography by Lucas Smith
2 – 27 August
Previews 2-3 August. No shows Mon 14 and Mon 21 August
Assembly Roxy, Downstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time: 17:05 | Running Time: 60 mins | Age Guidance: 14+
4-6, 9 & 10, 15-17 & 22-24 August £10 (£9 concessions)
7 & 8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August £12 (£11 concessions)
0131 623 3030
or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint