For Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, we are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Mind in Kingston for the upcoming production of A Monster Calls to offer support and service to anyone affected by the themes of the show.
The Olivier award-winning production tackles powerful subjects such as grief, bullying and wider mental health issues through visually spectacular design and elegant staging.
Mind in Kingston will host several drop-in sessions at the Rose to promote the support available to audiences and to facilitate open discussions surrounding mental health. These will be free of charge and open to all. Resources from Mind in Kingston will also be available to pick up at the theatre.
The show’s Director, Sally Cookson, has said:
"A Monster Calls tells Patrick Ness’s searing story of Conor, a thirteen-year-old boy struggling to cope with grief, guilt, shame and a mountain of other confusing feelings building up from within.
“Towards the end he asks, ‘How do you fight it? How do you fight all the different stuff inside?’ ‘By speaking the truth,’ comes the reply.
“Sounds simple but, as Conor discovers, speaking the truth is often much harder than you think.
“We are so thrilled to be remounting our adaptation of A Monster Calls, especially at a time when young people are reeling from the effects of the Pandemic. The production shines a light on what it means to be a teenager in a tough world and uses the shared experience of theatre to remind us that we are not alone."
A Monster Calls will play at the Rose from 24 March to 9 April 2022 with a guest performance on 31 March at 7pm. It will then play Bristol Old Vic from 13 to 23 April, followed by the Kennedy Center, Washington from 25 May to 12 June 2022.