High School Tour
October 11 to December 9, 2016
As part of a new community-based two-year Mental Health is Everyone’s Health project, Sarasvàti’s artists teamed up with Artists in Health Care, Red Threads Playback Theatre and the Selkirk Mental Health Centre as well as working with multiple community organizations. Workshops and research occurred in the fall of 2015 and readings of the work in progress took place in the spring of 2016. The stories we heard from youth in particular were inspiring and powerful. As a result a youth-based play was created for touring to high schools.
Shattered is the resulting show with a youth focus. With the support of the Winnipeg Foundation and Enterprise Foundation, we toured to high schools in Winnipeg and surrounding areas in the fall of 2016. With Shattered, teens didn’t just see a play, they had a chance to become completely emerged in the story and work together to explore solutions to the mental health challenges the characters face. Over 6,000 people saw the 60 performances over 9 weeks. We were honoured to have so many youth share their stories with us as a result of seeing the play.
If you are interested in the other components of the mental health project, check out the world premiere of Breaking Through in May 2017.