Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

WAW - The Gary & Robert Blues







PRESS RELEASE – Immediate Release



‘The Gary & Robert Blues’



presented by Forthright


‘Dark clouds, with sunny intervals, back from Brighton Fringe’



Part theatre, part stand-up, ‘The Gary and Robert Blues’ is a funny, angry and poignant story of one man using his creation of a new stand-up act to find a path through his confused and damaged mind and reconnect with the world. His task is interrupted by the answer phone, his last fragile connection to other people. Intercut with a blues music soundtrack, this is a powerful and thought provoking piece. Produced by Forthright, it was developed with funding from Arts Council England and is at The Worcester Arts Workshop on 10th June at 7.30 pm.


 “pertinent and informative” Paul Milton, Creative Director Everyman Theatre. Gloucester


Written by Andy Higgitt, this work started as a thirty minute stand-up to raise awareness about men’s health. Then the tragic death of footballer Gary Speed hit the news, with reminders of the suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke a couple of years earlier. Drawing on his own experience of depression, Andy spoke to other men, (and their partners), and gathered their stories. The resulting script is an honest reflection of their highs, lows and black humour. The team is completed by great tech support from Tim Mackrill and a brilliant performer in Stephan Bessant.


“.....Educational, emotional and very human..........Thought-provoking, myth-busting and highly recommended viewing.....”. Laura Hughes Ember Counseling.



Andy Higgitt

01527 514 049



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Notes for editors:


Forthright are the producing arm of Jestaminute Community Theatre cic , a social enterprise ( a not-for-profit company ) whose objects are : "to use performance and media arts to enhance the life and well being, and to enhance social cohesion" . This is realized through a variety of activities which can broadly be described in  two strands:

Under the brand of ‘Forthright’ the company creates new pieces of theatre  dealing with significant health and social issues and  to date have covered issues such as:

·        Men’s health awareness

·        Domestic Abuse

·        Debt

Stephan Bessant  an experienced actor  on stage, tv and film is about to star this summer in an episode of a tv show  ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Lover’  to be broadcast on Sky . He is available for interview on 07946 227181 Tim Mackrill is manager of the Palace Theatre Redditch. 

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