Archive for the ‘Performances’ Category

Open Mic: World Mental Health Day Celebration, October 9th 2009

September 21, 2009
World Mental Health Day Celebration poster Sept 2009

World Mental Health Day Celebration poster

  • Friday October 9th 2009
  • 7pm till 9pm
  • With FREE Buffet
  • at The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester
  • Admission:
    • £3 – highly paid
    • £1 – lowly paid
    • Free – mental health service users, unemployed, students, OAPs etc.

Featuring comedians, poets, musicians and a plethora of other talents from the mental health community. This is an ‘open mic’ event so you can just turn up and perform if you wish or telephone first.

For further information, telephone Tim Sayers on 0795 687 9482.

Supported by The Charity of Carlton Hayes Hospital.


‘Winter Warmer’ open mic music: Thursday 19th March 2009

March 18, 2009

Featuring Gemm and a host of other open mic performers.

There will be a guitar available to borrow or you can bring your own instrument. Solos, double acts or even three-piece bands may be permitted. Turn up at 7.15pm to book your place.

Thursday 19th March 2009

The Pavilion, Victoria Park, Leicester.

Commencing 7.30pm

Free Entrance

Telephone Tim Sayers on 0795 687 9482 for further information.

The BrightSparks Comedy Asylum

February 6, 2009

The BrightSparks Comedy Asylum. This year we are confident that our show is going to be a cracker, so please come along. There will be the usual free food etc.

Our show is now part of the ‘Make me Happy’ programme of the Comedy Festival who will now act as our agent in securing further bookings for our show. Nice one!

We’re also putting on “Bedlam!” – the Mental Health Benefit Comedy Show.

Showcase Live 2008

February 6, 2009

Photo from the Showcase Live performance

Photo from the Showcase Live performance

A film is being produced of the show. Extracts from the film, some photographs and other material will be going on to the Showcase Live website in the near future:

The project has been picked as one of the top ten projects in the mental health and arts and ‘black and minority ethnic’ (BME) areas.

Timer (the Remit band) – 27th November 2008

November 16, 2008


Timer - Poster for 27th November

Timer – Poster for 27th November

Timer… the Remit Band

With Special Guests:
MC Pinball
The Gummy Bears
and DJ Damien Bombdog

Thursday 27th November
7.30 – 9.30pm

The Pavilion Venue, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester

Free Entry

“Showcase Live” – 20th November 2008

November 10, 2008

Young men talk about life in Leicester in new performance showcase

Seven young men from Leicester are being given the opportunity to voice their experiences of life in a brand new show featuring music, poetry and film. They are being supported by nationally acclaimed, professional artists as part of a groundbreaking project to help mental health service users.

Lydia Towsey, Executive Producer, BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health Group:

“Young men experiencing mental health issues, particularly those of black or minority ethnic origin, face a wide range of health and social inequalities. ‘Showcase Live’ will help to raise the profile of this under represented group by presenting their stories in an exciting and contemporary way.”

Showcase Live poster

Showcase Live poster

‘Showcase Live’ takes place at The Y Theatre in November. It is a partnership project, led by BrightSparks. It is supported by Akwaaba Ayeh and Mainstream Partnership and funded by The Community Development Foundation and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

‘Showcase Live’ will take place on the 20th of November 2008, at The Y Theatre, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY. To reserve a ticket (priced £7 or £5 for concessions), please contact The Y Theatre Box Office on 0116 255 7066 or at

For more information, contact Lydia Towsey on mobile 07888 847840 or via email:

Showcase Live is online:
Also on myspace and facebook.


“Showcase Live” – 20th November 2008

October 5, 2008

Young men of diverse cultural origin and with experience of mental health issues are currently taking part in ‘Showcase Live’: a ground-breaking performance project, running from September to November 2008.

Live show

The project is enabling up to 7 young men of predominantly African, Caribbean and Asian descent to develop brand new work in spoken word, poetry, hip hop, rap and monologue. They will perform their commissioned pieces against a backdrop of music and visuals in a live show on 20 November at 7pm at The Y Theatre in Leicester.

Experienced freelancers wanted

“Showcase Live” is seeking experienced freelancers to join the team and make the live show come alive.  The project needs an experienced Musical Director with proven experience in their field and a good working knowledge of how words and performance can work with music and visual media.  The project is also seeking both a talented Designer (print and online) and a Photographer.  Download the “Showcase Live” creative job advertisement for more information about these job opportunities, requiring applications to be received by October 6th.

Post-show discussion

In addition to providing this rare opportunity to performing artists, the project will offer a further number of people the chance to participate in a post-show discussion after ‘Showcase Live’ on November 20th. It will give audiences the chance to ask questions to the performers, and feedback on their own experiences of mental wellbeing and emotional health.


Lydia Towsey, Chair of BrightSparks and the Project’s Coordinator states:

“Showcase Live will see six men of diverse cultural origin, discussing their experiences of mental health issues and cultural difference. We’re hoping that it will go some way to raising the profile of a group, still experiencing dramatically poorer mental health outcomes nationally.”

The young men taking part are being paid for their participation and guided through a dream workshop program. This includes personal mentoring from well-known artists and practitioners including producer Melanie Abrahams, poets Nicholas Makoha and Michael Brome (aka Sureshot) and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, the internationally acclaimed artist of Jamaican descent who has also been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Partnership Project

Showcase Live is a partnership project, led by BrightSparks and supported by Akwaaba Ayeh and funded by Community Development Foundation and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

If you are interested in taking part in the Showcase Live Post Show Discussion, please contact Lydia Towsey on mobile 07888847840 or via email:

Please direct all enquiries to Lydia Towsey. To reserve a ticket to see ‘Showcase Live’ please contact The Y Theatre Box Office on 0116 255 7066.


BrightSparks Comedy Scream!

February 19, 2007

If you made it down to our BrightSparks Comedy Gig last Friday, well done-you did the right thing. If not, tut, tut, you only have yourselves to blame-but we’re sure you must have had an excellent excuse.

In the end we sold out. 85plus people (they were a bugger to count) took the Guildhall prisioner and showed no mercy in their descending on the buffet. They also laughed, applauded and cheered with gusto throughout the evening. Highlights have got to include the excellent compering of Nick King and Rob Gee, the bizaare genius of the ‘I killed a snake’ song, by Grant Paton, Steffi Pointons ‘Poppy’ and of course Ralf Horris..but of course there was SO much MORE…