My Beautiful Black Dog is part gig, part theatre. A progressive and poignant, sparkling musical about depression. It is a 2 hander, a love story and a lasting memory wrapped up in an hour long show filled with poetic lyricism and visuals as fun as those from Mighty Boosh. It is a show for everyone. The aim of the show is to encourage many different sections of society to talk about mental health. The cross genre nature of the show allows audiences to enjoy different elements. People laugh, cry, hug, grown men douse themselves in glitter, everybody usually dances at the end as we follow Brigitte Aphrodite's very personal account of her own experience of depression which she communicates through the medium of song and poetry. Weirdly its like a great night out about a very serious subject.
MBBD.. so far has proved a level of critical acclaim from various National press.. Including Elle Magazine, Red Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, Radio 1 Surgery show and was even a feature on the BBC Ten O'Clock News.
The movement is implemented with strikingly designed merchandise that includes posters, t-shirts, badges and the fact that Brigitte's songs from the show can also be listened to on Spotify. The plan is to release a full album in the Spring of next year.
This show goes beyond glitter. Communities all over the United Kingdom are very much wanting to discuss and express themselves around the subject of mental health.
What we are creating is more than a show, it is a movement. Our show can be performed in a theatre or a music venue. We also have developed a two hour stigma bashing interactive workshop which was developed with the aid of Welcome Trust and a trained psychologist. This workshop works in schools or can be adapted for adults.
Innovative touring is what this show was designed for, now what we need is the funding and guidance to reach out and perform to communities all over the country.