Mad Girl – February 2013

Medical Journalists’ Association Broadcast Drama Awards, from right, Jon Potter, Mitch Hadley, Phil Gladwin, Mary Peate, then Bethan Roberts, also nominated for her radio play, ‘Falling’.

Our radio play Mad Girl, co-created by us and writer Phil Gladwin, has just been nominated for a Broadcast Drama Award by the Medical Journalists’ Association for its excellence in handling a medical theme. It did not win – that honour went to ‘Getting On’, with Jo Brand from BBC 4 – but it came in the first three, beating Casualty and the Archers!

The play was written by Phil Gladwin and directed by Mary Peate. Three years in the making, it was created from first hand accounts by people in Sussex who hear voices.

It may be useful for those working with young people or adults, and is available free to listen to and download, see Listen Again.

The main character is fifteen year old Rose, who hears voices. Mostly she gets along with them ok, but when her real Dad turns up out of the blue to take her away for the weekend, things get completely out of control.

Phil Gladwin, Mitch Hadley.

This year the Charity has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a project called Stories of Transformation. Volunteers with mental health issues will explore changes in health care over the last 40 years and share stories of transformation, breakthrough and spiritual awakening for a project exhibition and radio broadcasts on BBC Radio Sussex. Decision on that application will come in late February.

Jon Potter, Director