Scenes for Survival | Squeezy Yoghurt


27 Aug 2020

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Alexis has never had an easy time opening up about mental health. How could you, when every conversation needs an interpreter and nobody seems to take your problems seriously? Luckily, they might have found the perfect person to talk to. Now if they can just stop the video call from playing up... Performing in BSL, Brooklyn Melvyn features in an entertaining short from writer Bea Webster, directed by Emily Ingram.

Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Solar Bear with support from Hopscotch Films.

"Deaf people are much more likely than their hearing peers to have depression and anxiety, and on top of that the access to mental health for Deaf people is even poorer, so it usually creates a lot of isolation, especially in lockdown. As someone who has depression and anxiety, it’s been incredibly challenging to access mental health services in lockdown, and it was almost a derailment to my mental health trying to access it. So I wanted to write about my personal experience to highlight the issue that Deaf people have in accessing mental health, and I thank National Theatre of Scotland for giving me an opportunity to do so."

Bea Webster, Writer