Biji Theatre Doors and lunch from 12.45pm Run Time: 75mins. Strong Themes: Recommended age 12+
Currently in Britain, “the suicide rate among British men is at the highest level for more than a decade,” and parts of Scotland have the highest levels in the country. There are very few pieces of verbatim theatre on the issue of men, trauma and suicide, and none that look specifically at it from a Scottish context. One Mississippi addresses this gap.
One Mississippi is written by Mariem Omari (If I Had a Girl…) and directed by Umar Ahmed (If I Had a Girl…, How to make a killing in Bollywood) and presented by Bijli, company in residence at National Theatre of Scotland. One Mississippi is based on a collection of interviews undertaken with men across Scotland including, a Scottish Pakistani Muslim, an Indian Sikh, a Northern Irishman living in Glasgow, and a recovering addict from East Glasgow. Through their stories the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on men is revealed, no matter their ethnicity or faith – ultimately becoming a collective story of their lived reality.