Anxiety – Drama performance by Balance

At the beginning of May, students on the BA Drama and Applied Theatre programme at St Mary’s University, Twickenham teamed up with Balance CIC AS Team to create and perform a  piece of new writing based around the themes of anxiety, a trait which is closely linked to those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

During the 12 week project, students collaborated with service users from Balance to look at the complex issues surrounding anxiety related disorders. The result was a very powerful and moving  performance ,involving both groups, which took place  in the University theatre.

Academic Director Patsy Gilbert commented, “Drama St Mary’s has always had a strong foundation in theatre as a tool for social change. Our links with community groups such as Balance is what makes our courses unique, and shows that theatre has a real purpose beyond entertainment.

“Around 90% of university students say they have suffered from anxiety at some point during their degree which makes this a particularly relevant and important topic to explore.”

Participants from Balance also loved their involvement,

‘The drama workshop was an amazing experience and I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier bunch of people to collaborate with’

‘It really helped my confidence to perform in front of other people for the first time in years’

A lovely statement written by one of the parents…….

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all involved (both at Balance and St Mary’s) for  the Anxiety sketch show last night. Clearly a very valuable project, well put together, moving in places and fantastic to see everyone so engaged and involved. Please pass on my thanks and best WELL DONE wishes to everyone”

Photographs that were captured………

Drama Project 1 Drama Project 2

We very much hope to work with St Marys on future drama projects.