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Senior Youth Theatre's new show tackles important health issues

Posted on 27 February 2012

As part of the Creative Gymnasium project, the Community & Education Company’s Senior Youth Theatre are staging a brand new production called Ministry of Meh that highlights important issues around health and well-being.

Running in the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium from Weds 29 Feb to Sat 3 March, Ministry of Meh explores what it would be like if the NHS was abolished and how people might take more responsibility for their own health if they had to pay for healthcare.

Ministry of Meh was created by the Belgrade’s drama worker Leon Phillips and Coventry based theatre worker Tracey Street and developed with members of the Belgrade’s Senior Youth Theatre.

Leon said: “When creating the play both Tracey and I have been working closely with the senior youth group to get their views on the issue of healthcare and I have to say it’s been fascinating listening to them. Health and well-being is an important part of everybody’s lives and hopefully Ministry of Meh will make people think about the resources they have available to them and what would happen if they were suddenly no longer there.”

Ministry of Meh is the first in a series of Creative Gymnasium shows in the Belgrade’s Spring season that aim to stimulate engagement with the arts as a way to promote health and well-being.

Other shows include Truth or Dare from Thurs 26 to Sat 28 April, Shine On from Thurs 28 to Sat 30 June and Close to Home from Weds 11 to Sat 14 July.

Tickets for all of the Belgrade’s Creative Gymnasium events are free, however the theatre will ask for a donation at the end of the performance. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Belgrade’s ongoing work within the local community, which is carried out by the Belgrade Community & Education Company.

The Creative Gymnasium project is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Awards for All and will be delivered by the Belgrade Community & Education Company over two years.

Although tickets for Ministry of Meh are free, booking is still advised by calling the Belgrade’s Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or by going to the Ministry of Meh show page.

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