The Wildcard Theatre Company, involving two people from Shropshire, will bring their award-winning theatre hit to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn in June.
Electrolyte, directed by Olivier award-winning director Donnacadh O’Briain, is written in entirely spoken word poetry and underscored by instrumentalists, who integrate live music with expert storytelling.
The show follows Jessie, who having recently suffered a family bereavement, meets singer-songwriter Allie. Jessie impulsively follows Allie to London in pursuit of her mother. However, on arrival things aren’t quite as shiny as they seemed and the answers she seeks are buried deeper than she could ever have imagined.
The production focuses on mental health and has an official partner in the Mental Health Foundation after winning the Mental Health Fringe Award last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award.
Joseph Dawson and Megan Ashley, both from Shrewsbury, said they are looking forward to being back in their home town at Theatre Severn on June 21.
Joseph, who is Joint Artistic Director of Wildcard and producer of the show, attended local schools Mary Webb Secondary and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, whilst Megan, 23, who also stars in the show, went to St. Peter’s Primary School and Thomas Adams’ Secondary school in Wem.
Joint Artistic Director of Wildcard and writer of Electrolyte James Meteyard said: “We’re thrilled to be coming to Shrewsbury.
“Mental health is rightfully becoming something which is acceptable to talk about and we’re delighted to be part of the conversation.
“This show deals with tough subjects but has an uplifting message; we want to help people around the UK and Ireland to know that it’s okay not to be okay and promote the importance of community in combating poor mental health”
Tickets for Electrolyte at Theatre Severn are on sale now and can be booked online at theatresevern.co.uk, by telephone (01743 281281) and from the venue box office.