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My Mental Breakdown: The Musical is the darkest musical you can expect to see this year. In collaboration with the charity CALM and sponsored by the rail industry to actively tackle suicide, this show is an abstract representation of mental illness based on real life experiences, which comes to The Exchange in North Shields on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March.

Written semi-autobiographically by Max Kingdom, founder of the Canny Fringe Festival, the play follows the narrative of a young man who loses a friend to suicide, a flatmate that he didn’t even know was suffering. The play reiterates the point that suicide is not romantically tragic, but ugly and awful, leaving loved ones behind broken and with questions that can never be answered. Following this tragedy, Kingdom channelled his own mental health struggles into this heartbreakingly honest script with its beautiful, raw songs. Created by a small group based in Newcastle, the piece explores the role of music and theatre in therapy.

Giving audiences an insight into the harsh reality of living with a mental illness and those innermost thoughts that many people find hard to put into words, My Mental Breakdown offers hope in this bleak landscape.

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