“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” – Jorge Luis Borges
This June, we present you Labyrinth of Lines: A-Way Productions’ answer to the everlasting taboo on mental disorders. Although the shame of having a ‘burn-out’ and feeling ‘overstressed’ has become less over the past years, there still seems to be a stigma on terms as ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety disorder’. Apparently, some problems are more acceptable than others. And A-Way Productions is wondering why.
In Labyrinth of Lines we follow five days in the lives of people in a hospital ward for mental disease. Most of them are young and in the prime of their lives. But they all struggle with the pressures they feel from society, whilst at the same time all have their own stories. And they are all trying to cope with their own feelings.
With this production we try to open the conversation and show that mental health care is important for everyone. But moreover, we hope to show that struggling with your mental health is normal and nobody should be regarded as crazy on account of it. Labyrinth of Lines is a plea for society to have a healthier relationship with mental disease.
19 June 2019 | Grand Theatre Groningen
22 – 23 June 2019 | Theater de Machinefabriek (NNT)
Directed by Hesterliena Wolthuis (Best Director/Cardozo Awards ’18)
Cast: Mariska de Bone, Jaap Broekstra, Robert Danens, Fardau Mulder, Nicky Palmans, Luc van Schie & Karl van Stiphout
Crew: Jolijn van Aart, Mariska de Bone, Joppe van Dijk, Hanna Dons, Judith Hengeveld, Renate Kat, Matthijs Osinga, Mareike Seitz, Bart Timmermans & Hesterliena Wolthuis