In March 2016 we toured a new professional production ‘Under my Skin’ to 27 schools across Oxfordshire. The play was commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council and produced by Pegasus and formed part of a public health initiative aiming to raise awareness of self-harm. Self-harm is thought to affect over 1 in 10 teenagers in the UK, and an estimated 100 hospital admissions in Oxfordshire every year are due to teenage self-harm. Along with complementary lessons, ‘Under my Skin’ was designed for pupils in year 8 and 9 to encourage them to be more open about discussing the topic with their peers and teachers, and inform them about how to access the right support.
We are delighted that it has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health and Wellbeing Award by the Royal Society for Public Health in the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing category. This is an incredibly important issue and we feel this creative approach has proved an accessible and effective way to begin difficult but essential dialogue.
Under My Skin was commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council Public Health Team and produced by Pegasus.
Script by Ali Taylor
Directed by Jonathan Lloyd
Producer Hester Bond
Bella played by Shazia Nicholls
Sean played by Edward Nkom