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Mental health with theatre with Zac Blinston

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7.10 Meet the Mancunian: Talking supporting mental health with theatre with Zac Blinston


A warm Mancunian welcome to all my listeners. Presenting Season 7, Episode 10 of the #MeettheMancunian #podcast #GM #manchester #MentalHealth #Theatre #SocialImpact #NonProfit. Hosted by Deepa Thomas-Sutcliffe. (


In the tenth episode, the Meet the Mancunian podcast features Zac Blinston, Artistic Director of Mental Rebellion Theatre, who shares his journey from recovering from alcoholism to founding a community theatre company. The company works with individuals in recovery from addiction and mental health conditions, celebrating social impact through theatre. Zac also discussed his upcoming project 'Papering Over the Cracks,' addressing the housing crisis, The podcast closes with a beautiful poem, ‘Long after tonight is all over’ capturing the essence of the Northern soul scene.


Did you know?

·      14% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the guidelines

·      27% of drinkers binge drink on their heaviest drinking days

·      Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all age groups

·      Manchester has one of the highest rates of alcohol abuse in the UK


Key resources

Mental Rebellion Theatre

Alcohol Change


Key Moments in the podcast and transcript


(1:37) The Birth of Mental Rebellion Theatre

(05:59) Empowering Through Theatre: Mental Rebellion's Mission

(07:10) Tackling Social Issues: The Housing Crisis Project

(09:29) Overcoming Challenges and Making an Impact

(24:40) Upcoming Projects and Collaborations

(26:33) Signature questions


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