Watch out for flash mobs as Hull kids take theatre on to streets
A GROUP of youngsters are taking theatre to the city's streets in a series of flash mob-style shows.
They aim to highlight issues facing their generation by staging impromptu performances in unusual locations.
Four actors from Warren Street Theatre have spent the week performing the group's first four-minute play Let's Talk About It at various sites across the city.
The play, which has been devised and written by the group based at The Warren youth centre, looks at the issue of young people who have mental health problems, such as depression and psychosis.
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Today the group will get together to perform the play to a wider audience at UpMarket in the Prospect Centre.
The idea for the street theatre group cane through The Warren's Heartbeat initiative, which aims to promote awareness of health issues among 15 to 25-year-olds.
Lisa Marris, HealthBeat co-ordinator at The Warren, said "The team wanted to create something that would challenge attitudes, not just towards mental health issues but also towards young people.
"Mental health is a taboo subject, despite the fact that it affects one in four of the population.
"It is not talked about enough, so it is misunderstood and people don't always get the help and support they need.
"We want to try to change that with this play. The result is a short, sharp burst of action, with some really strong messages behind it."
Matt Nadin, 15, who is one of the actors taking part, said: "What we are saying is please don't judge or label young people who are having a hard time.
"It is easy to call someone 'crazy' or to tell them to snap out of it when you don't understand what they're dealing with. Hopefully, we will get people thinking about how they have judged mental health in the past and get more people talking honestly about it."
If funding allows, the group hopes to write and stage more plays on a range of issues later this year
Today's performance in the Prospect Centre's first floor Upmarket starts at 3.30pm.