A play taking a look at the subject of gay suicide shows at Birmingham Repertory Theatre tonight (Tuesday 8 October).
Presented as part of Birmingham’s fourth Bedlam Festival - a 12-day event which sees the arts being used to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues - Revolving Door focuses on the character of Martin, a 19-year-old gay man who has committed suicide. The coroner conducting the inquest into his death calls as witnesses a GP, a psychiatrist, a mental health nurse and Martin's mother, asking of all of them the question: Why did this young man, with apparently everything to live for, take his own life?
But this is no ordinary hearing… the coroner is Martin himself.
After the play, consultant psychiatrist Dr Erin Turner will be in conversation with award-winning mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE about suicide prevention. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
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