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Date: 29/09/2017

Rehearsals are well underway at Artrix for a brand new piece of theatre for teenagers, entitled Hyped, which will premiere at the Bromsgrove-based Arts Centre on Tuesday 10th October - World Mental Health Day.

Hyped is an interactive, digital, grime performance about issues of mental health for young people aged 13-18 years. Hyped fuses live performance with digital technology and the audience will be deciding the way in which the story will develop for future performances, by voting with their phones during the show. This newly devised piece promises to give audiences dynamic dance sequences, thought provoking dialogue, and grime music all depicting real-life mental health experiences.  

Hyped is devised and presented by Outspoken, the resident company of emerging artists based at Artrix, including singers, dancers, spoken word artists and actors. Outspoken makes work with and for young people, around issues of health and well-being, under the artistic leadership of Artrix’s Director Hannah Phillips.

Hannah Phillips said, “I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented group of performers, creating Hyped and supporting them at the onset of their career. Projects like this one offer pathways to employment for emerging local artists. We’ll continue to work together as part of a two-year mental health themed programme of work at Artrix, made by young people, for young people, entitled Disorder.”  

As well as Hyped, Disorder also includes a new one-woman play by Manic Arts entitled The Little Creepers, about a teenage girl’s battle with schizophrenia on Thursday 26th October, Theatrical Niche's modern re-telling of A Doll’s House and a Schools Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2018.

Hyped will be performed to groups of young people, for free, as part of schools performances on Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th October. There is a public performance on Tuesday 10th October at 7pm at Artrix. This performance coincides with World Mental Health Day on 10th October, a day for mental health education, awareness and prevention of social stigmas surrounding mental illness.

This project is in partnership with Birmingham City University, The Strong Young Minds Project and Open Door Youth Counselling Services.   Hyped has been commissioned by Open Door Youth Counselling Services to perform at their 50th Anniversary event this October and will also tour to The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and as part of the Bedlam: Arts and Mental Health Festival at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

A spokesperson for Open Door Youth Counselling Services said, “We are really enjoying working in partnership with Outspoken to raise awareness around the complex issues young people encounter.”

Tickets for the public performance are just £5 each and are available to purchase online at or by calling Box Office on 01527 577330.