Cracking

Inspired by lived experience, CRACKING is a brutally poetic love story about becoming a parent from the under-explored perspective of a man. It will tour communities in Exeter alongside the original Alright Mate? installation. This event will be co-hosted by the communities it tours to, who are invited to come together, share a meal & talk about how the community can facilitate an openness about talking about mental health issues, especially amongst men.

This is part of an event co-hosted by the communities themselves to come together, share a meal & talk about how the community can facilitate an openness about talking about mental health issues, especially amongst men.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Cally, the local Community Builder, Amelie Foster & Luke Burgon From Roots Foundation Barbershop (both with lived experience), to think about whether we should be responding to men’s mental health in early parenthood differently.

About the play.

A new play by Cally Hayes about love, loss, and parenthood. Cracking takes an intimate look from a father’s perspective about what happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands-on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Documental combines refreshingly honest new writing with testimony and vibrant physicality.

Tour Details

Newtown Community Association (Belmont Hut)

Alright Mate? 9 – 12 October

Cracking 12 October 6 – 9pm

St Thomas Church Hall

Cracking 19 October 6 – 9pm

Wonford Phoenix centre

Alright Mate? 24 – 26 October

Cracking 26 October 6-9pm

Beacon Community Centre

Alright Mate? 7 – 9 November

Cracking 9 November 6 – 9pm

The Rondo Theatre Bath

Cracking 14 November https://rondotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

More dates to follow