Viki jumps into a bush.She isn’t coping. Welcome to her sequin-encrusted world. Rats wear capes, butters race and you’re invited to dance in the disco of dirty secrets.HELP! is a show about asking for help when your world and identity have been shattered by mental illness. It demonstrates what it feels like to be unwell, in a true story about panic attacks in supermarkets and television static-depression. HELP! is a touching, humorous performance about falling apart, pulling yourself together and being surprised by what you’re left with. It is for anyone who’s ever struggled. A Bristol Old Vic Ferment Scratch Commission. Winner of Best Actress and nominated for Best Original Show at Reading Fringe Festival
Browne has to ask the audience to help pick up the pieces and stick her together. We do so with copious amounts of sticky tape. The joins show like scars, but it’s a start….Browne’s endearingly comic piece cleverly uses metaphor to point up the importance of asking for help’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
★★★★ “a heartfelt, genuine performance…A brave and refreshing production” To Do List
★★★★ “Browne takes us into her disco-dancing mind and looks after us with love, care and attention…coherent and poetic… performs with a grace and honesty” Broadway Baby “Viki Browne is a fantastic performer, an endearing stage presence and a great storyteller… powerful, shocking and chilling’ The Wee Review
‘bizarre, touching and engaging…one woman in a leotard bringing attention to that big silver elephant in the room.’ Bristol 24/7 Click for full review
‘This is real, this is true; this is a rejection of artifice’ Exeunt.
‘…truly uplifting, something which brings humanity in all its vulnerability to the fore and offers a real and tangible sense of hope….This is a show which is charming, inviting and really very moving.’’Express and Echo. Click for full review.
‘A touching, warm and educational show which gives a thoughtful insight into mental illness and lets people know its okay to ask for help.’ Get Reading.