Local actor set to launch play in March to tackle mental health stigma

On Thursday 14th November, Alan Hooks, a resident of March, is pulling back the curtain on his latest stigma-tackling play – “Reality Checked, (Back to Reality)” – which aims to bring greater understanding of mental health issues to the local community. The play will be performed at March Community Centre over 4 days with support from local mental health charity Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind).

Following the success of his play “Reality Check”, which received a glowing review from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) after being performed at the Town Hall in March in 2013, Alan returns to showcase his latest work in which he uses personal experiences to address issues including mental wellbeing and grief.

Alan, aged 43, experienced mental health crisis when he was 32 years old and received support from specialist mental health teams to aid his recovery. A big factor in maintaining his wellbeing though has been through writing and acting. He now wants to share his experiences to support others:

“I have experienced mental health problems my whole life so far. To me acting was always a way to explore different emotions and sides to my character”

“It is my aim to bring a bit more understanding about mental health problems but in a light and funny way”

Local charity CPSL Mind will be supporting the performances by providing information for audience members and staff from the charity will be present at the Friday 16th November performance to discuss the themes raised in the play.

Aly Anderson, CEO of CPSL Mind, says “We are delighted to be involved with such a thought-provoking play which has been led by a member of our local community.”

“The way Alan has overcome challenges in his own life and is now using his experiences to raise important themes around mental wellbeing is inspirational. We hope that community-led events like this will continue to raise awareness and encourage open conversations about mental health”.


Dates: Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th November

Times: Doors open 7pm Wednesday – Friday and 2pm on Saturday Matinee Only.

Location: March Community Centre, Station Road, March

Tickets: £7.00 and £6.00 Concessions. Can be purchased from Rob’s Pet Shop, March from Saturday 27th October and on the door.