Northampton’s Royal & Derngate to host week-long mental health festival

The theatre is teaming up with BBC Radio Northampton and health professionals

Tuesday, 26th April 2022, 1:26 pm

A Northampton theatre is set to host a week-long festival to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Royal & Derngate is collaborating with BBC Radio Northampton for ‘HeadFest ‘22 - How are you?’, which will consist of talks, workshops, films and comedy.

The festival will take place at Northampton Filmhouse from May 9 to May 15 and also includes professionals from Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, St Andrew’s Healthcare and the University of Northampton.

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Bobby Mair is one of the performers taking to the stage during HeadFest.

A theatre spokeswoman said: “There will be the opportunity to take part in experiences such as yoga, drumming therapy and mindful crafting.

“There will be Q&A sessions with people talking about their mental health, including the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley, and a lawn bowler from the county who’s been selected to play at the Commonwealth Games this year for Disability Bowls after he turned his life around following a suicide attempt.

“The festival will be opened by BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby, who will also host a Eurovision evening in the Filmhouse, an ever-popular feel-good event.”

Other performances will include comedians Jonny & The Baptists and Bobby Mair and poet Lemn Sissay.

Alongside this, the filmhouse will be showing films with a mental health connection, including Encanto and Rafiki.

HeadFest talks and workshops are free of charge but people are encouraged to book in advance to ensure a place.

A full schedule of events, and information on how to book, can be found on the Derngate’s website.