That is a very good question isn’t it. Why would someone who battles with anxiety decide to tell their story as a musical…with added dancing. There are definitely times when I’m not sure but then also times when I am very sure, depending on the time of day, the temperature, how good my hair looks that day, whether I have the right shoes on, how much coffee I’ve had, how my phone call about my phone upgrade went, if I managed to get up early, if I’ve got the right milk in, what I had for lunch and the angle of the moon… Still, I’ve done it now haven’t I so I suppose I should really know the answer…
I guess music, comedy and anxiety wouldn’t necessarily be something you’d think of putting together but I think music and comedy can be really good ways of talking about things that can be quite hard. As a company House of Blakewell have always been interested in writing about the things that affect us in the world, using our own experiences and tackling serious subjects in a playful way, mostly with tap dancing and the occasional recorder duet.
I wanted to write about my own experiences of anxiety because I wanted to write something based on the truth but that I hope is also relatable to others (with show tunes and body percussion). ‘Everything Is Abosultely Fine’ is about what it’s like to be human when things get tough, how the little things can get really difficult in life. I mean, the supermarket can be a very daunting place sometimes…. The show is also about how strong and fearless we can be when things are hard, how kind and amazing humans can be, and what a difference that can make to someone.
I certainly don’t think I’m an expert or have all the answers, but I hope that my story might be helpful to someone. I hope it might encourage people to talk about tough times if they want to. I’ve received such kindness when I’ve opened up about the struggles I’ve had, it’s made the world of difference, more than I can ever say. I’ve also been overwhelmed with support whilst making this show. I think that’s something to celebrate with a lovely big song (which will be written by Harry Blake, the Blake to my Well and the reason I have the courage to do any of this).
Alice, House of Blakewell
‘Everything is Absolutely Fine’ is on Thu 27 & Fri 28 June at 8pm in the Aldridge Studio. Book your tickets here.
House of Blakewell are a Developed With The Lowry Artist. To find out more about The Lowry Artist Development Programme, click here.