Customs House, North East

Hit the Ground Running

One of the Lads

Hit The Ground Running engaged local men and boys in physical theatre, exploring themes of masculinity and the stigma surrounding men’s vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.

The first stage of the project engaged young boys from the local area and resulted in a short performance.

The second phase of the project showcased the voices of South Tyneside’s Maritime Trust. The men participated in an intensive 4 day participatory process, which concluded in a performance for the wider community, celebrating the stories of ship workers from the local area.

Watch the film from the first stage of the project here.

Customs House

Mill Dam, South Shields
NE33 1ES

Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running

Established in 2015, Hit The Ground Running create dance and physical theatre performances that challenge and question the perceptions and notions of mental health in the modern age. Their mission is to encourage and spark conversations surrounding mental health and to share real life stories of bravery and courage. The company celebrate a collaborative approach to devising theatre, working with local communities and individuals who inspire the development of thought-provoking performances for a wide variety of audiences both young and old.