As Grange Hill’s Gripper Stebson, Mark Savage was an expert at extorting dinner money from his fellow pupils. However, Mark could not be more different to the nasty bully he played on screen; he’s fund-raising for an amazing cause; Maytree, which provides a sanctuary for the suicidal. We urge you to support this.
Not only is Mark performing a one man play ‘Human Issue’, coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th), he is also cycling from London to Brighton to raise funds for Maytree. You can sponsor Mark here
Mark spoke exclusively to us, explaining exactly what he’s doing, and how important this cause is.
“My trade union, Equity, in collaboration with three other industry organisations; British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BPAM), Spotlight(www.spotlight.com) & The Stage(www.thestage.co.uk), set up www.artsminds.co.uk to bring together into one place a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues. This created www.artsminds.co.uk
The trigger for the project came with a series of suicides from within the community of the entertainment professions, which resulted in a call for some kind of action.
The four organisations came together to consider how we might support people in our creative industries who are dealing with emotional stress and mental health challenges and the result is this resource hub. We also hope ArtsMinds will encourage more people to talk about their situations and go some way to help raise awareness.
Suicide is the most common cause of death in males in the UK & Republic of Ireland.
I read the script for the one man play I am currently producing & performing at The Etcetera theatre. Camden. London, as an awareness & fundraiser for The Maytree (www.maytree.org.uk), the UK`s only FREE sanctuary for people feeling suicidal, which is funded entirely on donations. I first heard about The Maytree & the amazing work they do on the documentary Professor Green-Suicide & me: www.imdb.com/title/tt5171056/
The script for Human Issue, written by Dean Moynihan, is a genius piece of writing & theatre. Frank is a stand up comedian, he`s intelligent, he`s funny, he`s frustrated, he`s frank & he`s about to kill himself, but first he has one or two important things he`d like to say. The bailiffs have repossessed almost everything he owns, leaving him an eviction notice & existential questions & although told with a dark philosophical wit is a story of hope & a celebration of the tenacious nature of humanity. We had a successful run at The Hope theatre early in 2017. To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10th September, in association with the Etcetera theatre, Camden, London, my Theatre Company is performing an awareness & fundraiser for The Maytree. Performances at 12.30pm matinee 9.30pm evening performance. It`s a 60 minute one man play. Tickets available at: http://www.ticketea.co.uk/tickets-theatre-human-issue/ Men remain more than three times more likely to take their own lives than women across the UK and Republic of Ireland, although, unfortunately suicide affects both genders & the recent rise in female suicide could be an indication of the picture of suicide risk changing. It now appears that male rates are decreasing and female rates are increasing. The Samaritans research suggests that the causes are political, socio-economical. deprivation, unemployment, social disconnection and triggering events, such as relationship breakdown or job loss, increase the risk of suicide. Since 2010 the suicide rate has increased, along with those struggling on social security due to low wages & unemployment, along with the class warfare being unleashed, such as economic violence in the form of sanctions of social security payments for the most vulnerable in our society.
I am also cycling from London to Brighton on Sunday 17th September to raise money for The Maytree. I`m an everyday London commuter cyclist who uses a bicycle as transport, it`s the quickest form of transport in London, cheap, healthy for my body & the environment & exercise. Cycling is like life. You need balance, determination, direction & by taking one step at a time can cover miles. As a test of fitness on myself I cycle to Brighton at least once a year as transport, so decided to do it for charity. You can sponsor me here. “
Grange Hill Gold urges you to support this extremely worthwhile cause.