New ADHD play challenges stereotypes

Award-winning Manchester theatre company Art with Heart will be premiering Declaration ‘Developed With’ The Lowry in the Salford venue’s Studio theatre on Thu 23 and Fri 24 JuneStockport born Rachel Moorhouse and Stretford based Sarah Emmott have co-created Declaration, a new show on the process of seeking a diagnosis for ADHD as an adult.

New ADHD play challenges stereotypes as performer talks out for the first time
The Lowry – Declaration (Sam Ryley)

Declaration is based on comedian and storyteller, Sarah Emmott’s personal experiences who says, “As a child, I was a coiled spring, bouncing off the walls but I was never diagnosed. My current Dr. thinks I have ADHD, but adult diagnosis is complex.”

Women and girls are more likely to go undiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as they cover symptoms and ‘act normal.’ ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. After the difficult process of gaining diagnosis, Art with Heart decided to publically explore a private matter.

Art with Heart tackle difficult subjects with honesty, warmth and humour, and hope Declaration will open conversations and challenge preconceptions around mental health and ADHD.

New ADHD play challenges stereotypes as performer talks out for the first time.
The Lowry – Declaration (Sam Ryley)

Venturing into a world often unexplored onstage, Emmott shares her experiences of ADHD and adulthood with authenticity and candour; combining storytelling, comedy and movement.

“In the media the images projected of ADHD are of young boys tearing around supermarkets, Mums in despair.” says Emmott. “Women and indeed, adults with ADHD are almost invisible in popular culture.” Declaration will offer a fresh, fun and frank perspective on the ADHD debate.

Art with Heart last visited The Lowry in 2015 with the award-winning Secret Diaries. Since 2010, the company have produced numerous theatre productions and arts projects, receiving national attention when 100 Deeds featured on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and BBC News. Their work with local communities led to a nomination for ‘Community Group or Organisation of the Year’ at the 2016 LGBT Foundation Hero Awards.

Declaration is performed by Sarah Emmott and presented by Art with Heart and ‘Developed With’ The Lowry. Declaration has been conceived by Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse, with Stage Design by Richard Walker, Audio Visual Design by Luca Rudling.

Listings Information

Title: Declaration
Date: Thu 23 & Fri 24 June
Venue: The Studio at The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ.
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10/ £12
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
Web link.

Contains strong language. Suitable for 14+

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