Santé Theatre
Studio Theatre
Saturday 10 October 2015

A ground-breaking new play by award-winning writer Mike Kenny and poet Julie Boden.

"Voices are calling up out of the cracks."

A young man is feeling breath on his face. It is coming through the floor. A son. A daughter. A brother, a sister locked in a world of their own.

The first signs of psychosis are frightening and isolating for both carers and sufferers. Cracked combines verbatim text drawn from research at the University of Warwick and poetry performed by an ensemble of young adults.

They paint a vivid picture of the experience of emerging psychosis. 

The play explores the responses to seeking help from different ethnic cultural and religious backgrounds. It follows three narratives as they weave through social defeat, bullying and drug misuse with dark humour, percussive sound and beautiful verse.

There will be an opportunity for "Café Conversations" after performances of the play when audience members can discuss the issues raised with the team including researchers and mental health activists.

Running time: 
80 minutes