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BEA P. DEIGH
Another mental day in the office

Next Performing: The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 15th-17th of August 8:30pm as part of Camden Fringe 2024

 

Welcome to The Brain, Inc., the tiny office that lives inside the head of every living person. In this particular brain, it's Bea P. Deigh's first day on the job, and she's here to make a name for herself.

She occasionally gets knocked off her game by the pesky client she's trying to control, but not to worry - she always gets the last word.

Pulling comedy out of the shared experiences of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bea P. Deigh attempts to demystify the stigma surrounding this deeply misunderstood mental health diagnosis. So grab your DSM5, and let’s get to work.
 

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Content warning: This show contains direct references to suicide, self-harm, and addiction. Please check out our linktree for mental health resources.

 

First performed as a WIP at Golden Goose in 2023 as part of Mountview’s Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival and performed to sell-out audiences at The Pen Theatre in January 2024, Arden Winant pulls from her own experience and therapy journals to help give voice to this deeply misunderstood mental health diagnosis. Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most stigmatized diagnoses amongst mental health professionals, and that stigma has permeated to the media, arts, and general public at large. ‘BEA P. DEIGH’ hopes to reclaim the narrative through comedy and tragedy and give voice to the individuals who are actually living with this disorder day-to-day. “There is one daily goal for anyone diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder: don’t kill yourself.”

reviews:

“[‘Bea P. Deigh’] managed to avoid being a trauma dump by shifting the focus to provide and insight into how the world around us is not shaped for minds that diverge from the norm, and Winant beautifully explores how one can then deal with that disparity.” - West End With Me ⭑⭑⭑⭑

“It’s rare to have a theatrical performance change entrenched ideas, but ‘BEA P. DEIGH’, the creator, and protagonist produced a work at times amusing, at times heartrending, and certainly did her subject material - and her condition - justice.” - Audience Review ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

“A vital and humorous insight into one of the world’s most misunderstood mental health diagnoses.” - A Young(ish) Perspective ⭑⭑⭑

cast and crew:

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Arden Winant

Writer and Performer

Arden Winant is an actor, writer, and collaborative theatre-maker originally from NYC who has relocated to London after finishing her MA in Acting at Mountview in 2022. With a career spanning over 20 years, this is the first time her writing has been performed publicly. www.ardenwinant.com

Daniel Keogh

Performer

Daniel Keogh is a multidisciplinary artist and performer from Clones Co. Monaghan. Their writing includes “In Pursuit of Repair”, and are currently appearing in Finn Burge’s audio drama “The Power of My Positive Self Belief Is Transforming My Life” on Spotify/Apple Music.

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Grainne Robson

Director and co-producer

Grainne Robson is a director, comedy writer and theatre-maker from Nottingham. She co-created Salt Circle Productions in 2021, a new-writing theatre company and has toured various shows across London Fringe venues. She completed her MA in Theatre Directing from Mountview in 2023. She often finds herself directing tragi-comedy, clown fringe shows and worked as an assistant director on '2:22 A Ghost Story' in December 2023.

Keep upto date via her instagram @grainne_robson

www.grainnerobson.com

Benita Lambrechts

Tech

Benita is an actor and performer who is kindly helping us with our tech for the show. Check them out via her spotlight:

https://app.spotlight.com/9117-1277-6328

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special thanks to...

Hello everyone, Grainne and Arden here! We could not have done this show without the financial and emotional support from some lovely people. In January 2024 we performed Arden's show 'Bea P. Deigh' at The Pen Theatre and it gained a lot of love and support by friends, family and lovely strangers from various BPD online support groups. After its support we realised we need to take it further and we are now performing the show at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in August as part of Camden Fringe Festival. Arden and I are both freelance creatives and could not afford this alone, so we opened up a greenlit account asking for any financial support for this fringe run. We were so shocked and suprised when we exceeded the amount we were asking for, which has put us in a lovely position to perform at this Camden Fringe.

Thank you for your support, we appreciate you!

In no particular order (and a lot of usernames):

Executive Producers:

Jill. G

R. Bailer

Caitlin. K

T. Whitebolt

B. Winant

DannFink

Christine. A

Lisa. M

Producers:

Andleh

Medoodle

Don. B

C. Humphreys

and thank you to everyone who also donated to our greenlit campaign!

ANOTHER THANK YOU

To the wonderful participants of our research into Borderline Personality Disorder, it was lovely talking with you. Some of you wished to remain anonymous (but you know who you are)!

Thank you Katy

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