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Interested in mental health? Come and see the "Never Better" performances

Where: Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 7-8

Are you interested in mental health issues? Have you, or someone you know, struggled with mental health issues? Do you enjoy theatre, art and heritage?

If so, please come along to one of the free performances of "Never Better" at Gloucester History Festival.

The immersive theatre performances are taking place at Blackfriars Priory on Saturday, September 7, at 1pm, 4pm and 7.30pm, and on Sunday, September 8, at 1pm and 4pm.

Each performance will last 90 minutes and will combine stories from the present day with an exploration of our past treatment of mental health, based on historic case notes written about patients in the Victorian and Edwardian lunatic asylums that once existed in Gloucester. There will be stage sets and rooms with performers, and a community choir.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for archives, said "Gloucestershire Archives has been working in partnership with Strike A Light and GUST, to delve into the historic asylum patient records held in the Archives and uncover historic stories of mental health and treatment in Gloucester.

"Along with contemporary stories, these records have been turned into a theatre performance by a creative team, and we would like as many people as possible to come along and see the performances."

Performances are free but pre-booking is required via the History Festival box office on 01452 396572 or book on-line at the Gloucester History Festival website.

The performances are not suitable for children under 12 years.

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