The Sun Princess

Helping Eight Young People to Get Better by Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

Commissioned by Arts for Health Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall’s Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, Effervescent spent two weeks working with a group of eight 14-25 year olds identified as experiencing a first episode, creating a piece of informative multi-media theatre which would raise school pupils’ awareness of psychosis.
By combining choreography, costume design, music, film and prop making, the group experienced the full spectrum of creative engagement and produced a strong and powerful piece which reflected their own experiences.
Transformation: the young people engaged with their own psychosis finding new ways to cope with their experiences by sharing with peers, communicated more positively with friends and family, went back to school or college, improved their confidence and self esteem, and made new friends so they no longer felt alone.