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Upon Awakening in Creation.. by Paul Bayes Kitcher:
I am really excited about the journey Fallen Angels is about to embark on with "Upon Awakening". A production we have been planning and talking about for the last year.
In the production I would like to represent addiction as an illness people can be born with or develop, as such they haven't the power to stop using their drug of no choice. This is a response to being personally heartbroken by what I see on the front line - people who have lost friends, wives, husbands, sons, daughters. With this in mind I would like to try and break down the stigma surrounding these complex themes.
In "active addiction" a trigger can be being conscious - "Awake" where for an addict upon awakening their first thought is "game on" needing the first hit. However in Recovery our first thought is placed on others - we become more and more selfless achieving this through a discipline of spiritual practice and supporting others in our families, communities.
I will be exploring opposing themes of hope/hopelessness, selfish/selfishness - narratives that come from deep inside our minds eye. My fascination with the psyche of an addict- what drives him/her to seek recovery? What do individuals have to do to sustain and live a fruitful life?
As always I endeavour to take you on a roller coaster of emotions which I hope will challenge your perception and reach into your soul.
Look out for Upon Awakening in November at: The Royal Opera House London, The Lowry Salford Quays and The Capstone Theatre in Liverpool