MAD(E) by Sean Burn
An epic story of life, death, and everything in between - Performed by Mandala Theatre Company
3 lads - existing in a hostile environment, carry their worlds in an urn, a bivvy bag and soil from the Motherland, dodging a system that engulfs and traumatises them. Can Beira – a mythical female shapeshifter, help them still the glitch in their broken minds?
Shot through with a comic chorus of ‘pisstroughers’, physical theatre, and poetry, MAD(E) is a passionate, exhilarating and uniquely theatrical commentary on masculinity and young men’s mental health, co-created with boys and young men nationally.
The play offers a realistic hope and lived experience understanding of where trauma comes from and is ultimately about healing.
We are all made not mad.
This performance will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
Watch this short film to see how MAD(E) was developed
About the director - Yasmin Sidhwa
Yasmin is founder and Artistic Director of Mandala Theatre Company, an Oxford based, national and international touring and training company that creates visceral theatre giving a voice to those whose stories are not heard and making them visible and offers pathways to young people from Black, Asian, ethnically diverse, and White working-class backgrounds into the arts.
About the writer - Sean Burn
we write as burn, perform - exhibit internationally - make award-winning sound-art as gobscure. we use plural as reflection on our broken-mind. artistic associates with Museum of Homelessness & Disability Arts Online (both are lived experiences). part of graeae's beyond scheme supporting disabled artists.‘cutter’ was time outs play of the year for young people. ‘collector of tears’ was 'play of the year' while ‘joey’ was 'experiment of the year' (both British Theatre Guide) & a New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground commission.
MAD(E) is generously supported by Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund, Oxford Brookes University & Think Human Festival, Oxford City Council, Oxford Cultural Education Partnership (OXCEP), Oxfordshire Youth, Graeae Theatre Company, Joy Hibbins – Suicide Crisis Centre, MAST Mayflower Studios, North Wall Arts Centre, The Culture Trust Luton, Belgrade Theatre, Sunderland Culture, Chilworth House School, and Makespace Oxford.