Over the summer, Storyhouse Young Company 17-25 age group (part of Young Storyhouse) have worked together on a Mental Health in Lockdown project.
The group held weekly workshops on Zoom with the Young Storyhouse team, and then chose four specific mental health conversations they felt were important for young people to have, and invited four experts to speak to them. After writing their pieces, they had a masterclass from a former member of Young Storyhouse, now a professional filmmaker (Alex Howe) on how to film themselves performing their spoken word pieces.
The 11 spoken word performances are divided into four videos. We’ll be releasing the four video collections, alongside the four panel discussions, over four days from 1-4 October 2020, at 8pm each day.
Storyhouse Young Company performers and their pieces are:
Becky Seymore – I Find It Weird
Harry Bharat – Choose Life Olivia Tenquist – These Moments
Mia Nelson – Time Constance Souama – Equilibrium Max Wiseman – Maccy Ds
Eira Fernall – Groundhog Day
Olivia Mannion – Bedtime Story Jada Sanyaolu – Chapters
Hannah Owen – Hope Billie-Joe Kelly – This is Us, This is Now, When We
Young Storyhouse: Mental Health in Lockdown Spoken Word Performances #1
In the first video is Becky Seymore, Harry Bharat and Constance Souama.
Panel Talk #1: Impact of Lockdown
In the first panel discussion, Young Company members chat with Jasmin Parsons, a primary school teacher about the impact of lockdown on mental health. They share what they have learnt about themselves during lockdown, they reflect on their positive and negative experiences and share their thoughts on what is next for them.
Spoken Word Performances #2
In this video is Olivia Tenquist, Mia Nelson and Max Wiseman.
Panel Talk #2: The Future
Young Company members discuss the future with Kirsty Diamond from Network Rail. They discuss training opportunities that you can find online, how to look into career pathways and what they would like their future to look like post pandemic.
Spoken Word Performances #3
In this video is Eira Fernall, Olivia Mannion and Jada Sanyaolu.
Panel Talk #3: Self-Care
Young Company members chat with Kerry Dilley from Ancora House School about self-care. They share their top tips on looking after yourself and relaxing, share what they have struggled with during lockdown, they breakdown some self-care stereotypes and discuss how they have compared themselves to others during the pandemic.
Spoken Word Performances #4
In this video is Hannah Owen and Billie-Joe Kelly.
Panel Talk #4: How To Be A Good Listener
Young Company members chat with Mike Nicol, Branch Director Chester Samaritans, about what makes a good listener and how to support others.