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Diving into the Wreck
Tongues & Grooves in the Community
2016


Directed by Mark C. Hewitt
Initial concept and text development by Maggie Sawkins
Video sequences by Matt Parsons

A socially engaged project developed with the recovery community in Portsmouth. Written and performed by former addicts with directorial support from Mark C. Hewitt and poet Maggie Sawkins, the production evokes the secret world of serious addiction; its craziness, nastiness, predictable routines and dark humour. Combining video interviews, recorded voices and live performance, the work is a sort of cautionary tale that can be presented at conferences, mental health / wellbeing festivals and for older school students. The work was first performed as part of Hampshire Festival of the Mind at The Square Tower, Portsmouth, on Sunday 15 May 2016.

Live performances are by Kieran Judge, Daniel Scrivener, Jane Muir and Patrick Seery with additional contributions on film and in voice recordings from Steven, Leigh Westmore, Elisha Westmore and Faith Rayner. The video sequences were shot and edited by Matt Parsons.

"A superb show, heart-breaking and warm-hearted at the same time.'
From the online review by William Sutton.
Read the full review here »

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Image from a video by Matt Parsons featuring Daniel Scrivener and Kieran Judge

Performances to date
13 March 2017: Erlestoke Prison, Wiltshire (Penned Up festival, LLL Productions)
30 June 2016: Richmond House, Brighton (recovery conference)
23 June 2016: Iris Partnership, Hawthorns House, West Bromwich (recovery conference)

17 June 2016
: The Square Tower, Portsmouth Festivities
15 May 2016: The Square Tower, Portsmouth
(Hampshire Festival of the Mind)

Below: rehearsal photo, Kieran Judge with director Mark C. Hewitt © the man mead assembly, 2016
REHEARSALS
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Above the DitW crew with Billy Bragg after the performance at Erlestoke Prison (where Bragg was also performing)
Below: production photos from the first performance in Portsmouth at Hampshire Festival of the Mind
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