"I've been trying to die since 2009. Did you know that? No. Why would you?"
6FootStories are developing a new one-man performance called The Burgundy Boy, performed by co-founder of the company, Jake Hassam. In 2013, Jake tried to commit suicide. Since then, he and 6FootStories have been on a continuing journey of recovery, and we now feel it's time to talk about all this. The ideas for the one-man show are constantly changing and evolving, partly because it's a sensitive subject and partly because we want it to be a really satisfying piece of theatre, but we want it to be a show that proves you can dig yourself out of a hole, no matter how deep you are. In its current form, Jake will be taking the audience on a whirlwind journey through the party in his back garden, the best festival you've ever been to - Pandemonium. But is the party real, or is it all in his mind? Why won't he let the beat drop? And what really makes a night glitterworthy?
We want the show to speak to anyone who has experienced mental health issues, be it personally or a friend. We want to reach out and connect with similar stories. And most of all we want to be able to prove that you can pick yourself up again and rediscover the joy of life.
We are looking for venues that would be interested in helping us develop this project, either financially or administratively. Jake is based in Kent, in Rochester, so we're also looking for partners that can help us connect with local groups, local stories. Partners that can help us develop our outreach work - the is based on Jake's story, but we don't want the project to just be about Jake - we want it to mean something for anyone affected by mental health. We're also looking to create a bespoke electronic score - support with this would be invaluable.