Letters of Gratitude – Theatre of Avoidance

A team of University of PortsmouthCCIDrama and Performance students are hosting a writing workshop, to raise awareness for Mental health and PTSD.

Theatre of Avoidance was established in 2016, with a mission to unravel the truth behind issues people turn a blind eye to mental health, which affects many individuals in our society.

This year Theatre of Avoidance are confronting mental health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); despite being a naval City, there is a distinct lack of support and recognition for returning service men and women.

The company, which is made up of seven BA Drama and Performance students, hope to encourage conversations that wouldn’t normally happen, as well as provide a source of encouragement and support through theatre.

On Thursday 8th March, between 11.00am and 1.00pm, Theatre of Avoidance will host a workshop, inviting staff, students, and members of the public to write letters of appreciation to returning/returned service men and women.

Letters of Gratitude is completely free to attend and will take place in the social space of the White Swan Building.

The letters will then be displayed on a ‘Gratitude Wall’ at the final event in April, money raised at the events will be used to create care packages, which will then be sent to war zones.

The Theatre of Avoidance team are: Bronya Creary, Giellane Athea, Sam Bertram, Gemela DeSouza, Gareth Turner, Millie Arkhurt, and Sharon Chowlia.

Theatre of avoidance are also participating in Tough Mudder on the 24th of March, to raise money for Combat Stress, and Solent Mind, you can donate here.

Keep up to date with Theatre of Avoidance on their website, as well as by following them on Facebook @TheatreofAvoidance, Twitter @TOAvoidance, and Instagram @TheatreofAvoidance.

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