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How do you know when you have crossed the line? Would you even know that you had crossed the line?     

How do you know when you have crossed the line? Would you even know that you had crossed the line?
Moving new play to tour Wales during Childhood Mental Health Week. Cracked visits theatres across Wales from 5th-16th February 2019.
Cracked, a moving, thought-provoking play about vulnerability, mental well-being and the universal need for love, is touring to theatres in February. Set in in Wales, it follows the story of Mick, an introverted geology teacher whose critical inner voice and resulting inability to connect with the adults around him leads him to forge an inappropriate friendship with an unruly pupil. It raises the questions how do we know when we have crossed the line; would we even know that we had crossed a line?
Charting Mick’s life from childhood trauma to adult crisis, the play features elements of magical realism, with Mick’s inner voice being personified by a crow-like figure played by Catriona James and childhood Mick represented in flashback by a puppet, brought to life by Tom Mumford, who also plays Mick as an adult. The remainder of the cast are Joe Wiltshire Smith, Dick Johns and Frances Keyton. As well as a recorded soundscape, the production features live music from Frances on violin.
Continuing a creative development begun with her prize-winning play Buoy, writer and poet Emily Hinshelwood reunites with producers Pontardawe Arts Centre and award-winning director Louise Osborn to present Cracked, a mesmerising and powerful story about overcoming loss, grief and shame.

Emily was the first winner of Pontardawe Arts Centre’s annual Script Slam competition in 2013. Following this success, she has worked with the Arts Centre to develop CRACKED through the venue’s ACW funded Chrysalis programme.
Cracked has been developed over a three-year period, during which it has been shared with live audiences to gain feedback on the delicate issues explored in the play. Pupils, teachers, mental health professionals, parents as well as regular drama audiences have been overwhelmingly positive, reflecting on the tenderness and energy of the piece, complimenting Hinshelwood’s nuanced storytelling and the ways in which Director Louise Osborn allows audiences to draw their own moral conclusions. Osborn notes:
“Emily and I have been working together over several years to bring this important play to production readiness. My job is to lift the text from page to stage in a way that draws out the complexity of the relationships conveying truthfully, and bitingly what's at stake for the different characters, and also serving the meaning of the text in all its layers.
Thematically and theatrically rich, the play explores how our unconscious drives and strategies can sometimes dominate our lived reality - how our powerful 'inner critic' can become self- limiting and destructive.”
An award-winning Director, Osborn (Artistic Director, The Roar Ensemble) is known for her powerful theatre-making as well as her dramaturgical work with emerging writers. She has worked with Sherman Theatre, NTW and WNO amongst others. Louise was Artistic Director of Theatr Powys for over a decade.

Cracked tours to the Park and Dare Treorchy; Ffwrnes Llanelli; Canolfan Ucheldre, Holyhead; Blackwood Miners’ Institute; Merlin Theatre, Haverfordwest; Pontardawe Arts Centre and finally the Richard Burton Theatre at Royal Welsh College on Music and Drama, Cardiff in February 2019. Tickets for Cracked are now available from the box offices, booking links and further information can be found at Audiences can follow the show on social media, using #CrackedCymru and @CrackedCymru on Twitter and on Facebook.
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.
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Stella Patrick
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