RECORD: Friday 9 March, Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork at 6pm.

Dylan Tighe has been doing a development week at the Triskel this week and will be having a work in progress of the above. It would be really great if you were able to attend the work in progress on Friday evening. RECORD, which is devised, composed and performed by acclaimed young Irish theatre-maker Dylan Tighe, is a multi-platform theatre project exploring depression and 'mental illness' through a combination of album release, theatre performance and related events, which will receive its premiere during the 2012 Festival in June. The project aims to explore and shift consciousness around the representation of mental health and will use as its starting point Dylan Tigheʼs personal history and archive of mental health treatment and experience, along with on-going research being undertaken through a research and development award from Create: the national development agency for collaborative arts.

While the album focuses on the past, the theatre performance looks to the future and asks: How can we re-conceptualise 'mental illness' and use the experience to positively shape our future, rather than seeing emotional distress as a defect to be eliminated, contained and suppressed?

The eventual performance will be directed, performed and sung by Dylan Tighe along with an actor and dancer and drummer Conor Murray, with lighting and design by Aedín Cosgrove, original 16mm film by Paul Prendergast and Dylan Tighe, and video design by Killian Waters. Advisor to the project is Dr Pat Bracken, psychiatrist, author and Director of the West Cork Mental Health Service. The showing will include some ideas in progress which will feed into the full production in June, as well as a discussion about the project and the representation of mental health in performance.

Kath Gorman, Associate Producer, Cork Midsummer Festival, 00353 868810747