'A Night with Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda' Is Coming To Liverpool This July At Hope Street Theatre
In two preview performances prior to making her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut, former Coronation Street & Emmerdale actress, Natasha Rea, smashes down the barrier of silence around mental health with a captivating, one-woman show, based on her critically acclaimed memoir, 'Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda', at Liverpool’s Hope Street Theatre on Wednesday the 12th and Saturday the 15th of July.
'Buckle up, our kid, it’s time to get on the bipolar express!'
Always feeling ‘different’, it came as a relief when, after years of misdiagnosis and a suicide attempt, Natasha was finally told, shortly after the birth of her son, that she was suffering from bipolar disorder. Determined to take control of her misunderstood mental illness, the single mum embarked on a hard-fought struggle to ‘turn madness into magic’ and ‘becoming better’ for her boy, while constantly battling for better provision within the mental health system.
A book based on her scrupulously kept journals became an Amazon bestseller and then a one-woman play (in association with Bipolar UK), A Night With Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda, which received standing ovations at its sold-out premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester.
Hilarious and heartbreaking, told with courage, no-holds-barred honesty and raw Mancunian humour, it is the story of what it’s really like to live with a serious mental illness within the UK’s mental health system.
An Ambassador for Bipolar UK, Natasha is passionate about changing the way bipolar is perceived in society. She initiated the 'SpeakOutLikeBrenda' hashtag campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, as well as teaching and co-facilitating the Living With Bipolar course at Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.
She hopes to use her unique lived experience to spread the word further, as she continues to write and develop scripts.
Natasha, said: 'My struggles have become the road map to help others'.
She added: 'I’ve been battling my whole life with this illness – and I continue to do so. But I’m using it to create, to live better, and to take others along with me.'
Previous praise for the show inlcudes comedian, Jason Manford, saying: 'Make sure you go and see this brilliant one-woman show.'
With Cheshire Life, saying: 'A piece of theatre with a serious mission to help others who are facing similar chaos is rarely forthcoming. This show needs to be seen; it deserves to succeed.'
A Night with Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda will run at Hope Street Theatre for two dates in July:
Wednesday the 12th of July at 7:30pm.
Saturday the 15th of July, 7.30pm.
The age guidance for the show is 16+ and tickets can be bought through the TicketQuarter website.
The Hope Street Theatre,
22 Hope Street,
The Knowledge Quarter,
Liverpool City Centre,
City of Liverpool, L1 9BY,
Liverpool City Region, UK.