What We Feel is a series of four short films that was produced by 1623 theatre company and D&O Productions during the first lockdown which explores a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress. Based on real-life experiences of trauma and recovery the four episodes explores our notion of identity and how collective creativity supports the wellbeing of individuals who face prejudice in their everyday life. The cast and characters are diverse and represent marginalised communities including Black, Deaf, disabled, LGBTQ+ and working-class. Each actor shares the same protected characteristic as the character that they play.
Five people – all marginalised by society – meet online in their weekly support group. This week, Melvin, the group leader has set up an ambitious task for each member – read a speech from a play by Shakespeare and share how it relates to your life right now. Vince and Laura throw themselves in, but Dax and Rachel aren’t all that sure. As underlying tensions rise to the surface, will the whole group have chance to express what they feel in a space that feels safe for everyone? Conceived and directed by Oliver Alvin-Wilson, What We Feel was devised by the cast in workshops and co-created with people living with mental health issues with the full support of a trained counsellor and therapist. The miniseries is captioned for D/deaf viewers.
What We Feel is being launched weekly every Friday in February from Fri 05 Feb at 7.00pm on 1623’s YouTube Channel.
A co-production of 1623 theatre company and D&O Productions. Supported by Arts Council England’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund.