STILL/FALLING: Using embodied performance to start conversations around mental health

About the play: Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling... off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. STILL/FALLING follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.

Through the presentation of STILL/FALLING and a facilitated post-show Q&A covering curriculum connections, our detailed study guide, and our extensive experience touring issue-based plays to schools, this performance and panel discussion will inform and encourage educators and counsellors in the use of the arts and embodied performance to open up conversations around mental health at the secondary level.

Green Thumb's Artistic Director, Rachel Aberle will be joined by Social Justice and Mental Health Youth Advocate, Shilpa Narayan in the post-performance discussion.

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A3 Friday 12:30 PM - 1:55 PM

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  • Green Thumb Theatre
    Rachel Aberle

    Green Thumb Theatre

    Founded in 1975, Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia, but across the country and throughout the world. In our more than 40 year history, Green Thumb has performed for over 5 million people and has toured to every province and two territories in Canada, 36 US States, and 11 countries overseas. Committed to producing excellent material that is rewarding for artists and audiences alike, Green Thumb remains in high demand because we place youth engagement and artistic integrity on an even plane.

    By offering young audiences the same caliber of work a traditional theatre audience would expect, Green Thumb provides a way for young people to reflect on the kinds of issues that they may be curious about or grappling with themselves, but don’t feel comfortable broaching in a traditional classroom setting. Green Thumb believes that young Canadians face the same scope of issues, problems, concerns and interests that adults do; however, many young people are disempowered from effectively confronting difficult or complex situations as a result of societal, systemic, or cultural beliefs and discriminations. As Canadian society diversifies it is more important than ever that people respect each other and each other’s differences.