Hidden: a play about self-worth, mental health and self-harm

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Back for its 6th successful year!
Touring Dates: 4th November 2019 - 13th December 2019
Recommended Year Group: 8+
Show Length: 80 mins 
  • Free actor training for students on a gap year.

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A play about self-worth, mental health and self harm..   

When Sophia, Matt and Tash meet at a music festival they are three very different teenagers.  They go to different schools, have different friendship groups and have led very different lives.  However, they all have the same problem - they use self harm as a way to cope with their feelings.  Sophia feels stifled by boarding school life, has a poor body image and feels out of control.  Matt is consumed with anxiety about his impending GCSE exams.  Tash is haunted by memories of a traumatic childhood and feels like the world would be a better place without her.  When her only friend suddenly disappears. her self harming behaviour gets out of control.  Hidden tells the story of the recovery of three very different teenagers as they struggle with mental health problems and self harming behaviour.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there has been a threefold increase in the number of young people who self harm in the UK.  With up to one in five 15-year-olds saying they self-harm and the NHS reporting a rise of 30% in the number of children (between 10 and 14) being treated by the NHS as a result of self harm, it is not surprising that local teachers surveyed have requested that Peer Productions tackle this challenging issue.  This play, for year 8+ has been developed in consultation with clinicians, those who have recovered from self-harm and leading charities in the field. The play will:

– Explain what self harm is and what can trigger people to self-harm.

– Debunk some of the unhelpful myths surrounding self harm.

– Enable people to find alternative and healthier ways to manage their emotions.

– Enable people to be a good friend to someone they suspect is harming themselves

– Enable people to get help if they or someone they know is self harming.

Teachers’ Pack

Peer Productions has worked with Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health and Wellbeing lead for the PSHE association to develop a Teachers' Pack designed to work alongside the play. This contains materials and resources for supporting lessons as well as suggestions and recommendations for working with this challenging topic.

We update the Teachers' Pack each year with the play, the current version available to download is for the tour of Winter 2017, and the pack is sent to those who have booked a few weeks before the tour begins.

Teacher Handbook - Hidden 2019