Art With Heart will take the production to venues across the UK throughout October and November.
Following on from winning ADHD Foundation Partnership Award in 2017, Art with Heart have announced they will be touring Declaration, a comic and candid look at Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and developed in association with medical professionals and mental health support groups.
Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy, Sarah is a mighty proud square peg – which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round. Her childhood doctor thought it was sugar. Her current doctor thinks its ADHD. Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?
Based on co-creator and performer Sarah Emmott’s own experiences and challenges she faced as she sought diagnosis in her 30s, Declaration is an upbeat autobiographical piece that challenges the stereotypes of mental health and gender in the 21st century.
With boys nearly 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, many girls go undiagnosed. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) reported ‘the lack of appropriate identification and treatment of ADHD in women is a significant public health concern’.
Talking about the production director Rachel Moorhouse said: “They say that variety is the spice of life, until they can’t decipher what flavour you are. Then you’re a problem to be solved. Declaration is a celebration of difference, and asks how much society might grow if it made space for diversity and difference. Declaration challenges those who underestimate us square pegs and shares the joy of finding your tribe.”
Opening at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre on the 12th October, the show will tour across the UK until the 22nd November.
The production features lighting design by Aileen Ging, costume design by Christine Emmott, sound design by Karen Luke and video design by Luca Rudling.
For more information about the production and its tour dates visit: http://www.artwithheart.org.uk/