3rd May 2022

Seeking Venues for No Bond So Strong Digital Screening Tour

We are seeking groups and venues to take part in this exciting opportunity brought to you by Sampad, South Asian Arts in partnership with Acacia Family Support. After a successful tour in Autumn 2019 the play, No Bond So Strong, will be touring again but as a digital screening tour along with a post-show discussion with one of the actors.

The play address perinatal mental health encompassing pre and postnatal depression and post natal psychosis. The project was commissioned as part of BSMHFT’s BEDLAM Arts & Mental Health Festival in 2019 and writer Olivia Winteringham interviewed over 21 people during the course of her research into perinatal mental health including medical specialists from BSMHFT. The film and the post show discussion will highlight signs and symptoms of perinatal and post natal mental illness, discussion on what support families can provide, and signposting to services.

This is a free event, funding is provided to us by Birmingham City Council.

We have a range of availability between 20th June to the 1st July 2022. The film has a running time of 40 minutes with a 30 minute post-show discussion and audience Q&A. If you would like us to bring No Bond So Strong digital to you, please contact James Vegnuti (details at bottom of page) with your preferred dates (1st choice and 2nd choice) and times.

About No Bond So Strong

Written by Olivia Winteringham
Directed by Mingyu Lin
Cast: Kiren Jogi, Alex Kapila and Promila Thomas

A mother, a relative, a doctor; three voices come together to paint an intimate portrait of the hopeful experiences and the hopeless feelings of being a new parent. No Bond So Strong is a show about revelling in the joys of parenthood but at the same time summoning every bit of energy not to fall apart for fear of losing it all. It’s about taking baby steps, as your baby sleeps, to open up and talk about the highs and lows of parenthood when all you want to do is lock the door, draw the curtains and never get out of bed again. This is one family’s story of post natal psychosis.

Not suitable for children under 14, however babes in arms are fine.

Comments from Audiences 2019
“Just saw No Bond So Strong. Brilliantly written, brilliantly produced and brilliantly acted. Would highly recommend”
“What a powerful and creative play, sensitively addressing stigma, stereotype and lack of awareness of postnatal depression and other mental health issues relating to women from South Asian communities.”
“A beautifully honest and much needed exploration of perinatal mental health”

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project further including room set-up, please do not hesitate to contact James Vegnuti, james@sampad.org.uk or call 0121 446 3263