BRIGHTON FRINGE PREVIEW: Blooming @Sweet Dukebox

May 10, 2017

Practicing Joy on the Road to Hell and Back.

Author, Patrick Sandford asked 100 people “How do you know when you are happy?”

The answers – provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing – jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show.

Can we ever really shift our troubles, even our trauma? You must be joking.

Can happiness be a key? Well it ain’t always easy but you have to try it on for size.

Following their success at Brighton Fringe 2016 with GROOMED, which won three major Fringe awards, Mankind present BLOOMING, a new production written and performed by Patrick Sandford, with actress Loren O’Dair, who plays accordion, fiddle and keyboard.

BLOOMING is a theatrical exploration of what it takes to be happy, especially after trauma. We all have wounds in our life – how do we fix them? How do we know when we are happy?

To find answers to these questions Patrick Sandford spoke to lots of people. In BLOOMING he weaves a selection of personal insights from male survivors into an uplifting exploration of ways we can all transcend trauma, and learn to love life

Although BLOOMING is written as a sequel it stands completely separately in its own right. There is no need to have seen the previous show to enjoy this one, in which Patrick continues his journey of examining a life touched by past trauma but determined to find his present joy.

Note: one lucky audience volunteer at each performance will receive a full professional neck massage. No obligation.

Mankind developed in 2000 from the need for an agency in Sussex that could provide appropriate services to men who had experienced sexual abuse, they now receive 150 referrals a year.

Their main services are 1-1 counselling along with a range of therapeutic groups and are the only service of its kind in the South East.

Event: BLOOMING by Patrick Sandford

Where: Sweet Dukebox, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ

When: May 19 – 21 at 7.10pm: May 25-27 at 2.40pm and May 26-27 at 10pm

Cost: Tickets £8.00/£6.00

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