Following a successful run two years ago, Behind the Label is back. Once again, the show offers a gritty theatre experience from people who have experienced homelessness or have been marginalised by society.
Established in 2016 the project, delivered by Theatre vs Oppression (TvO) in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and The Wallich, empowers vulnerable adults to share their story in a creative, personal and thought-provoking way.
Behind the Label is produced and performed by a group of real people, sharing their real-life experiences – this includes trauma, addiction, homelessness or mental health issues – and have been labelled by society.
This unfiltered performance will challenge audience members’ ideas and preconceptions of people with certain issues. It asks everyone to look behind negative labels such as ‘junkie’ or ‘criminal’ and listen to the human stories that accompany them.
“I think I’ve said some of the stuff for the first time ever, it’s just become a massive weight off my shoulders…I’ve found different ways to express myself.”
Behind the Label has allowed the participants to build their confidence, discuss their experiences, make new friends and gain new skills that they can use in the future.
To prepare for the show, participants attended extraordinary creative workshops from script-writing to set design.
In addition, clients have been working with staff members at Wales Millennium Centre to gain other practical skills such as ushering, stage technical and marketing.
We know that the performers are proud to take the stage of an iconic Welsh theatre – an opportunity that does not come to many.
“We’re all human beings. It should be that, not a label we’re given.”
Get tickets for Behind The Label
Where: Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
When: Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December 2018 at 8pm.
Tickets are available from the Wales Millennium Centre Box Office at just £12.
Find out more about Behind the Label.