Actor launches crowd-funding campaign for new mental health play in Rugby

Augustus Stephens is raising money to put on a one-man play about mental health

Augustus Stephens is raising money to put on a one-man play about mental health

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An actor has launched a fundraising campaign to put on a one-person show which gives a voice to people with mental health problems.

Augustus Stephens will play several different characters, each with different mental health challenges to show how people struggle, survive and even thrive despite having mental illness.

The 52-year-old’s production will be called ‘Altered Minds, Altered Realities’, and he hopes to perform it in Rugby as well as in other locations.

Augustus, who gave up his 25-year career as a computer programmer to be a performer, said: “People I know repeatedly express the opinion that they cannot talk about their mental illness in public or even to friends and family.

“And if people don’t talk about it, how are ordinary folk to know about these things?

“So, this play is to help put that right. I want to show people what it is like to live with mental illness, to live with pain and yet to overcome obstacles and lead a fruitful life.

“But I hope the play will be not just an education for people who are unfamiliar with mental illness but also an inspiration for those who are suffering. Despite the seriousness of the topic I aim to make the show an uplifting experience.”

Augustus is seeking funds to make it ‘a first-class show’. He wants to hire a director to hone the acting and presentation.

Anyone can donate from £10 upwards and each donor will receive some reward, from free tickets or music to a personalised poem.

To contribute, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/altered-mr