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It’s in Your Head – Shining a Light on Mental Health

Gerry’s Bar, Raffles Square, Stratford E15 1BG

Friday 9th March 7pm till late

It’s in Your Head returns with the second instalment of its much-anticipated inspirational series of innovative monologue performances and live music at Gerry’s Bar on Friday 9th March (from 7pm), aimed at challenging perceptions and raising awareness of the mental health system in the local community.

Showcasing a hot-bed of some the UK’s most progressive spoken word artists and musicians - It’s in Your Head provides an essential platform for people affected by mental health issues to share their experiences through art and creative expression.

Expect an eclectic mix of spoken word artists with performances form Amnesty International Youth Award for Poetry winner Yusif Tarajia, heavily influenced by the UK hip-hop and rap scene, and ‘Film Minute’ award winner Mosaique who brings a raw blend of urban street poetry.

Proud woman Amina Ahmed embodies womanhood and spirituality through her works, as well as mesmerizing monologue performances from actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre Royal.

Live music will come in the form of intimate acoustic sets, including Dionne Mitchell - one London’s most dynamic performers and former support act for legendry artist Amy Winehouse.

Singer and actress Jade Benjamin, brings a unique blend of R&B connecting with audiences through expressing emotion, thought and feeling, whilst singer songwriter Annie Maguire writes songs that tell stories form very personal experiences.

Beverages come courtesy of Gerry’s bar serving a range of locally produced craft beers, ciders and a selection of wines, liquor and soft-drinks, as well as an array of pizzas and bar snacks to keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, It’s in Your Head uses art to empower people through creativity to form stronger bonds, to connect with each other and seek help. Health care professionals will be on hand to offer practical advice and support on the night.

Admission is £10 (tickets available at Eventbrite) with all proceeds from this event going to INUF, an independent, user-led, mental health charity, based in Stratford, London. Join us on Friday 9th March, Gerry’s for a unique experimental project to shine a light on mental health – It’s in Your Head.

Wayne Campbell, Founder and Producer Director of It’s in your Head says,

“It’s in Your Head is an inspirational collection of some of the most creative spoken word artists, talented monologue performances and inspirational acoustic sets all based on and around the theme of mental health.

If we are able to come together as a community to encourage one another, and share some of our experiences through art and creative expression, we are better placed to create an awareness platform where people can talk and find the support they need to make a difference.

Tickets available via Eventbrite – click here

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