Updated: Aug 4, 2021
In August 2019 I was approached by actor Neil Procter who was looking for a writer to produce a theatrical work around the subject of eating disorders in men. The short play I developed, in a very short window of time, was performed at the end of Preston Arts Festival in October 2019.
“Boy’s Not Right” was performed to an audience of 60 people, including health care professionals, and was forumed on the night with the feedback forming the basis of my continuing research and development with a view to developing the short piece into a fully formed play.
Based on the success of “Boy’s Not Right” I began an extended period of research and development in January 2021 with the aim of writing a 60 minute play based around a similar premise.
The script for "Boy's Not Right" is now available to buy (Kindle format) on Amazon, and the proceeds of sales will go towards funding this latest project.
The new play “Dough Boy” is focused on the experiences of a man with an un-diagnosed eating disorder, and his journey to accepting that he needs help, during the period of Covid-19 Lockdown. As the play deals with a sensitive, and relatively under-explored topic, it is essential that my characterisation reflects an accurate depiction of eating disorders in males, and my research has focused on ensuring that I portray the behaviours and struggles sensitively and accurately.
The script is currently in development.
I am in the process of applying to Arts Council England for funding to produce the play and bring it to a venue initially in Preston, Lancashire, then hopefully I will secure funds to tour the play in the future.
My research has been supported by the following:
Dr Heike Bartel, University of Nottingham
'Creative Arts and Eating Disorders in Men' for the forthcoming Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities
Heike is keen to bring the play to Nottingham audiences in the future, and we will look at available funding to make this happen.
Neil has a lived experience of eating disorders and I have interviewed him extensively about his experiences. Neil is also confirmed as the lead role in this new play.
George has a lived experience of eating disorders and I have interviewed him about his experiences.
Staff from this eating disorder and mental health service offered feedback on relevant behaviours and available resources during the forum session after the performance of “Boy’s Not Right”.
Staff from this eating disorders service offered feedback on relevant behaviours and available resources during the forum session after the performance of “Boy’s Not Right”.