Monday, 23 April 2018

Stage show is taking on anxiety challenge

A ONE-WOMAN show challenging the stigma around anxiety-based mental health issues is coming to the Wallingford

A ONE-WOMAN show challenging the stigma around anxiety-based mental health issues is coming to the Wallingford Corn Exchange later this month.

Inspired by real-life stories, Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka sees Sophie Winter channelling her childhood hero, all-action TV presenter Anneka Rice.

She dons a luminescent shell suit, bum bag and sparkly positive attitude in an effort to overcome her own challenge — the anxiety she has lived with for 15 years.

Sophie said, “Anxiety affects me in different ways, but in particular taking public transport can be a nightmare. It can lead to epic, exhausting treks across London that then add to my anxiety.

“It’s amazing how many people I’ve spoken to have said ‘Wow! I had no idea!’ And I guess that’s the point about making the show — partly to encourage people to talk more about their anxiety and partly to help people understand it better.



“I wanted to make sure the show was fun and accessible for everyone, and I suddenly thought of Challenge Anneka.

“I absolutely loved the programme when I was a kid, and I thought Anneka was incredible at staying calm in situations that were super-stressful. So as well as making the show more fun, channelling Anneka makes it easier to talk about my anxiety.”

Produced with input from Anneka Rice herself, the show is heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month. But first it will be performed at Wallingford Corn Exchange at 8pm on Saturday, July 30.

Tickets are £12.50 and can be booked by calling (01491) 825000 or visiting the website www.cornexchange.org.uk



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