On the Friday 10th June at 7.30pm theatre company Forthright will be coming to the Worcester Arts Workshop with their production ‘The Gary and Robert Blues’
The Gary & Robert Blues’ is a funny, angry and poignant story of one man using his creation of a new stand-up comedy act to find a path through his confused and damaged mind; and reconnect with the world. Trying to understand his own muddled thinking he looks at the irrational way in which society reacts to mental health issues. Inter cut with a blues music soundtrack, this powerful show is a mix of theatre and stand-up. It’s the first in a planned trilogy of plays about aspects of mental health.
Written by Andy Higgitt, this work started as a thirty minute stand-up to raise awareness about men’s health. Then the tragic death of footballer Gary Speed hit the news, with reminders of the suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke a couple of years earlier. Drawing on his own experience of depression, Andy spoke to other men, (and their partners), and gathered their stories. The resulting script is an honest reflection of their highs, lows and black humour. The team is completed by great tech support from Tim Mackrill and a brilliant performer in Stephan Bessant.