Arcola Creative Engagement


Created by the company

Directed by: Ross Crosby

The bedroom. One minute it’s a sanctuary, the next it’s a prison…

Following their acclaimed debut production Technically Speaking, Arcola Men’s Mental Health Group lift the covers on an urgent, uplifting new production.

Devised from real-life experiences, this powerful world premiere shows another side to men’s mental health, and reveals its impact on individuals and communities.

Come undercover on a journey that will shatter your preconceptions and challenge the stigma around men’s mental health.

Arcola Men’s Mental Health Group make new theatrical productions and experiences to explore the impact of mental health on our community. One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem in any given year. Still, nine in ten people with a mental health problem experience discrimination as a result, and of all recorded suicides in 2013, 78% were committed by men. The Company challenges the stigma around mental health (especially among men) and provokes and inspires audiences to talk more openly about mental health and how we can work together to begin to change the tide.

Please note our access lift is currently out of service and in repair. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have access requirements please contact the Box Office on 020 7503 1646.

Post Show Talks and Q&As
  • Tuesday 3rd January:  Is it important for Theatre to engage with Mental Health?with Ross Crosby (Director) and Nick Connaughton (Arcola Theatre)
  • Wednesday 4th January: UNDERCOVER Question and Answer – with members of the Cast, chaired by Assistant Director Daniel Lynch.
  • Thursday 5th January: Theatre and the Heath Care Sector– Q&A with Health Professionals who helped to make UNDERCOVER.
  • Friday 6th January:Staging Mental Health – The Cast and Creative team discuss the process of creating UNDERCOVER.

All post show talks will commence 5 minutes after the end of the production and last approx 30 minutes.

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