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31 May 2012

Performance raises Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness

A unique performance to raise awareness and help dispel some of the misunderstandings around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will hit the stage for the first time, next week (Tuesday 19th June).

Written and directed by neuroscience undergraduate Kate O’Connell-Lauder from the School of Biosciences, and sponsored by the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute,The Institute follows fictional character Ben’s experience of the condition and life of people taking part in research.

"I was inspired to write the play after a lecture on PTSD," said Kate. "The play shows the breakdown of relationships that can happen as a result of the disorder as well as following the storyline of other characters – who are forced to experience their trauma over and over again in a bid to find a cure for the condition," she added. 

Whilst the play is primarily written to provide entertainment, Kate is also keen to get the portrayal of PTSD correct and help move away from the condition being primarily a condition related to war.

Kate added: "Although the play is primarily designed to entertain, I also want to raise awareness of the condition.

"I am especially keen not to have the cause of trauma to be war – just to let people know that’s not the only way it occurs."

The debut performance takes place on Tuesday 19th June at 7pm in the Concert Hall, School of Music followed by a series of short talks by experts in PTSD from Cardiff University.

The Institute will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 13th-19th August.

Tickets are priced at £2 with proceeds going to support the performance’s Edinburgh tour.

Tickets are available from Cardiff University Students’ Union Box Office, or available on the door.