Joshua is a joker. He messes with his friend’s online posting, teases Saffy, the girl he likes, and keeps a reality check on his anxiety. But when his mother gets a disturbing phone call about her job, things start to change. Now Josh’s anxiety (Anx) twists events and increasingly dominates Josh’s attention, making it difficult for Josh to hear what anybody outside of his head is saying.
This theatre for young audiences play for grades 6 – 9 is about finding solutions for teen anxiety.
Half Full was created with support from an Ontario Arts Council artist in residency at Mixed Company Theatre, and the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.
“This play made me think, relate to the stress in my life now. I have been trying to identify it, but this play was exactly like what I was going through.” – Student
“I loved it because stuff like this is never talked about and we need to talk about it more often because it is a serious and important topic.” – Student
“The actors were great, and very gracious to stay and talk with our kids afterwards. Thank you! It sparked a lot of good dialogue in the school!” – Staff member
“Anx was a really good character and was quite effective in demonstrating what goes on in someone’s head at moments of stress or anxiety.” – Student
The scenarios were very realistic and therefore allowed the students to relate easily. This ability to relate helps stop the stigma, brings comfort and encourages conversation.” – Staff member
“I liked how you made a thing that people have and put it into an entertaining show. A really nice way to show anxiety. I also learned what anxiety is and how can it can affect people. Awesome show!!!” – Student
2017 Mixed Company Theatre School Tour
2016 Mixed Company Theatre School Tour