Unique health show set to tour schools

Marcus Houden, who stars in Marvellous Me EMN-150226-140037001
Marcus Houden, who stars in Marvellous Me EMN-150226-140037001

A unique live show combining CGI special effects, live theatre and hit music will go on a county-wide tour of schools this March – designed to raise issues around mental health.

The show has been created to make difficult subjects from eating disorders and depression to stress and bullying more accessible for primary school-aged children.

Marvellous Me heads to Bucknall Primary School and Wragby Primary School on Monday March 16.

Marvellous Me is an accessible and thought-provoking journey starting with how Victorians treated mental illness through to the current issue of body image and photographic manipulation.

The story follows The Doctor, played by Marcus Houden, who with the help of his time machine and his little yellow friends, helps 12-year-old Joe come to grips with understanding why he is feeling sad.

The script was written by Julie Fox informed by work carried out with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

The work has been funded by Enable East through their Big Lottery funded Well-being in the East portfolio and commissioned in Lincolnshire by Lincoln-based cultural solutions UK.

Research shows that one in ten young people aged between five and 16 suffer from a mental health disorder. Marvellous Me aims to encourage a more open dialogue about some of these issues and hopes to tackle the stigma often associated with mental health.