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The Imaginary Friend

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  1. Avatar of Maria-Schejbal

    Maria-Schejbal

    4 October 2014

    Hello Reshma and welcome on board!

    Thank you very much for joinig our platform and posting this mime story! The plot is very clear but can you give us some details about the context of your work? I know that your focus is on people with mental illness and that you have achieved a lot regarding social inclusion. It would be great to hear more about how you use art and what your successes in this field are.

    Cheers, Maria

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    Reshma

    9 October 2014

    Hello Maria,

    Thank you for the welcome. I really like the stuff in here. It actually distracts me away from my serious work which is a good thing 🙂

    I use painting, mime, martial arts, writing, and other creative tools as a part of my own journey living with paranoid schizophrenia and substance abuse as my history. What began as therapeutic processes now come naturally to me and I thought how about incorporating them as tools other people could use for whatever reasons they might find or not find. Creativity is never limited. These processes make it easy for me to engage in as I tend to spend a lot of time alone and at home. Sometimes I just sit with makeup the whole day and play the stuff in my head out. The idea is to go beyond what the label has placed upon the person and see the person as a creative being, thereby changing how the outside world perceives the person too.

    People with mental illness are stuck in a revolving door. Often either at their own homes, institutions, rehab centres or support group. Our lives tend to only revolve around everything ‘mental health’ which further builds another construct and wears off after some time. The experience itself is overwhelming and the last thing we need is another reminder that everything we do is part of our mental health – when it isn’t. It might originate from the same source but as creative beings – any expression should just be seen as an expression and not a cause or effect of something. This is what I try to encourage individuals with or without a label.

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    Krzysztof

    1 November 2014

    Hello Reshma

    Thank you very much for this mime story.
    I really enjoy watching such stories.
    I really like the space where the aceton takes place.
    This place is both real and unreal.
    A good decision is that this world is black and white.
    What are the audience reactions towards your pantomime?
    Where do you show it?

    I wish you luck
    Krzysztof

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    Reshma

    4 November 2014

    Hello Krzysztof,

    I’m glad you like it.
    I don’t have a space to show my mime. It’s still not recognized in theatre here.
    My only form of showing it is online. The viewers like my stuff – although there’s probably one or two who get the deeper meaning.

    Peace & Colour,
    Reshma

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