Both sides of the story in mental health show

Published on: 22 Jun 2017

Play that shows both sides of mental illness  

 Kane and Kim

Heartfelt: Kane and mum Kim


A YOUNG Totterdown woman is part of a team taking a unique show about mental health to the Edinburgh Festival next month.

Alice Lamb, 24, grew up in Totterdown and after finishing at drama school she has returned here to live, “after finding out nowhere is as good”.  

The one-actor show, MENTAL, is performed by Alice’s collaborator Kane Power, and is about his life with a mother who has bipolar disorder.

What makes the show unique is that his mum, Kim, is also part of the show – appearing though her answerphone messages.

Alice met Kane when both were 14 at the Bristol Old Vic Young Company.

They wrote the show together, with contributions from Kim. 

Alice said: “A big part of my role was making sure Kim was happy with the show. She was concerned about what people might think of her, but she told me she’s found the process cathartic, and that it’s made her and Kane a lot closer.”

The show premiered in London in February, getting excellent reviews. A week at the Wardrobe theatre in Bristol’s Old Market in June was a sellout.

Alice is now raising money to take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it runs from August 2-27. The shows will raise funds for mental health charities.

• search MENTAL Edinburgh

• More on this story at the South Bristol Voice website.

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