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Shedding light on OCD

Play based on living with the condition coming to Chickenshed theatre in June

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By Barnet Post 17 May 2022

A play based on the playwright's experiences of OCD is coming to Chickenshed theatre in June. A play based on the playwright's experiences of OCD is coming to Chickenshed theatre in June.

Ria Fay originally wrote the 20-minute play during her second year at university to challenge misconceptions about the condition based on her lived experiences. She wanted the play to be both educational and a darkly comedic look into what life with OCD is really like. Ria Fay originally wrote the 20-minute play during her second year at university to challenge misconceptions about the condition based on her lived experiences. She wanted the play to be both educational and a darkly comedic look into what life with OCD is really like.

Since then, I’m Just a Little Bit OCD has developed into a full-length semi-autobiographical play, performed at charity events, fringe festivals and on zoom. It is supported by the UK's largest OCD charity OCD Action who say that the show:“cleverly & uniquely combines comedy with an accurate portrayal of the condition. This production should be seen by as many audiences across the country as possible.” Since then, I’m Just a Little Bit OCD has developed into a full-length semi-autobiographical play, performed at charity events, fringe festivals and on zoom. It is supported by the UK's largest OCD charity OCD Action who say that the show:cleverly & uniquely combines comedy with an accurate portrayal of the condition. This production should be seen by as many audiences across the country as possible.” 

Ria wanted to use her experience with OCD to create a show that allowed those with OCD to see their experiences accurately portrayed on stage, instead of the all too common media representation of OCD simply being a keenness for cleanness. Ria wanted to use her experience with OCD to create a show that allowed those with OCD to see their experiences accurately portrayed on stage, instead of the all too common media representation of OCD simply being a keenness for cleanness.

She aims to shed light on unspoken themes of OCD that often carry an extra layer of shame and raise awareness of the impact having OCD can have on someone, whilst also highlighting the treatment options available. She aims to shed light on unspoken themes of OCD that often carry an extra layer of shame and raise awareness of the impact having OCD can have on someone, whilst also highlighting the treatment options available. 

The play, written and directed by company director Ria, is produced by Concept Theatre.The play, written and directed by company director Ria, is produced by Concept Theatre.

Concept Theatre is offering “pay as you can” creative workshops for adults with OCD on the 3rd and 4th of June at The Theatre Deli, facilitated by Ria Fay and Moving Pieces Collective. These workshops will focus on using theatre practices to explore our lived experiences with OCD. Concept Theatre is offering “pay as you can” creative workshops for adults with OCD on the 3rd and 4th of June at The Theatre Deli, facilitated by Ria Fay and Moving Pieces Collective. These workshops will focus on using theatre practices to explore our lived experiences with OCD. 

About the play: About the play:

Tilly has started to get intrusive thoughts about causing harm to her loved ones. Disturbed by the thoughts, she hides them from everyone and finds her way to keep these thoughts at bay. She starts tapping, checking, checking again, researching, asking, reassuring, but when her sister Grace returns home from university, Tilly eventually has to tell her what’s been going on. Tilly has started to get intrusive thoughts about causing harm to her loved ones. Disturbed by the thoughts, she hides them from everyone and finds her way to keep these thoughts at bay. She starts tapping, checking, checking again, researching, asking, reassuring, but when her sister Grace returns home from university, Tilly eventually has to tell her what’s been going on.

Alongside their story, brutally truthful, yet comedic monologues are performed by Matilda, a podcaster & OCD advocate as she performs her first live show to the audience.Alongside their story, brutally truthful, yet comedic monologues are performed by Matilda, a podcaster & OCD advocate as she performs her first live show to the audience.

Performances:Performances:

Cockpit Theatre 11th June @ 3:30 & 7:30pm and 12th June @ 2:30 pmCockpit Theatre 11th June @ 3:30 & 7:30pm and 12th June @ 2:30 pm

https://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/im_just_a_little_bit_ocdhttps://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/im_just_a_little_bit_ocd

Southwark Playhouse 19th June @ 7:30 pm Southwark Playhouse 19th June @ 7:30 pm 

https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/events/im-just-a-little-bit-ocd/https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/events/im-just-a-little-bit-ocd/

Chickenshed (captioned show) 26th June @ 3 & 6pm Chickenshed (captioned show) 26th June @ 3 & 6pm 

https://www.chickenshed.org.uk/event/im-just-a-little-bit-ocdhttps://www.chickenshed.org.uk/event/im-just-a-little-bit-ocd

The production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund.The production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Content Warning: This show is about mental health and speaks about intrusive thoughts of a violent, distressing and sexually harmful nature. There are scenes that viewers may find upsetting. Due to the content of the show, viewers should be 15 or above.Content Warning: This show is about mental health and speaks about intrusive thoughts of a violent, distressing and sexually harmful nature. There are scenes that viewers may find upsetting. Due to the content of the show, viewers should be 15 or above.

For tickets and information about the workshops please visit https://www.concepttheatre.co.uk/For tickets and information about the workshops please visit https://www.concepttheatre.co.uk/

For information on OCD treatment visit https://info.treatmyocd.com/bit-ocd-playFor information on OCD treatment visit https://info.treatmyocd.com/bit-ocd-play