A trilogy of artworks
- Interact with the App
- Experience the Musical
- Take home the Graphic Novel
The HOAX Our Right to Hope narrative app
When you purchase your ticket to the HOAX Our Right to Hope event, you will be invited by email to download the HOAX Our Right To Hope app. Here you will interact with parts of Rob’s story that are only available in the app. You will also be invited to participate in a world-first mental-health study.
The HOAX My Lonely Heart stage musical
When you come to your venue of choice to experience the musical, you will find yourself in a supportive environment, where the issues around mental health are explored honestly, with rawness, great beauty and sensitivity.
The HOAX Psychosis Blues graphic novel
When you leave your venue of choice, you will take home with you a copy of the multi-award-winning graphic novel, worth £14.99. Here you can continue your immersive journey with Rob, accompanied by some of the finest comics artists in Britain.
The chance to be part of something bigger than yourself
As well as enjoying each or all of the artworks on offer, you can also choose to participate in a groundbreaking mental-health study. Choosing to be a part of this study means that you will be choosing to actively contribute towards positive social change. The study consists of a series of questions that you will be asked across four different time points. The results of the study will be made available to you, and will be used to help inform national policy around the way that we, as a society, care for and support those of us who are experiencing mental health difficulty.
The chance to become one of our #HOAXHeroes…
… and to receive one of our limited edition #HOAXHeroes t-shirts.
If you would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
As HOAX Our Right to Hope is based on a true story, it provides invaluable insights into the difficulties faced by those experiencing mental health difficulties, as well as their partners, friends and family.
Crucially, as the source poetry for the artwork was written by Rob in real life, it gives an extremely intimate window into the mind of someone going through mental health difficulty, during the specific periods in which they were experiencing it.
Access to and engagement with ‘hard to reach’ groups
The HOAX Our Right to Hope 2017 tour offers healthcare professionals a route into groups that typically they struggle to engage with. Young people (aged 15-20 years) will be a key target, as will communities typically characterised as black, minority, ethnic and/or deprived.
Ziggy’s Wish works to connect different stakeholder groups by using common emotional touchpoints to unlock conversation. HOAX Our Right to Hope speaks with the representative voice of a young British-Asian male, yet is supported by the professional voice of healthcare services. The artwork overcomes the differences in these two very different dialects by establishing a common language of emotion.
Innovation in patient care
Project-partner Psychosis Research Unit, and their study of how a) the general public, and b) people who identify themselves as at-risk, respond to HOAX Our Right to Hope will be a unique opportunity to explore new and alternative means of treating people experiencing mental health difficulties. By becoming involved, healthcare professionals can give voice to a conversation that will actively challenge and robustly seek to expand current treatment practices.
Mental health is an area surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear. For healthcare professionals, having others recognise the value of their work can be a key reward and motivator.
The results from the two mental-health studies that the Psychosis Research Unit are running as part of this project will be made directly available to all participants. This will enable continued conversation to occur around the artwork’s themes, both from a patient and professional viewpoint.
If you are a Healthcare Professional, and would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Voice and representation
Ziggy’s Wish works to connect different stakeholder groups around important issues. By becoming involved with HOAX Our Right to Hope, community groups and local organisations can speak out and be heard across multiple sectors, whilst having their messages strengthened through common stakeholder aims.
With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health difficulty in their lifetime, the themes of HOAX Our Right to Hope have widespread relevance. The story speaks to everyone on at least one level and resonates on many: giving people the permission to speak about their own experiences in a supported space, with the unreserved honesty of the artwork leaving no room for judgement by others.
A key aim of HOAX Our Right to Hope is to encourage family and friends of people with mental health problems to come with them to the tour event; with a further aim of encouraging an increased awareness, acceptance and involvement; and an ultimate aim of growing the community-group network.
Tangible help for at-risk individuals
For those most psychologically vulnerable in the community, HOAX Our Right to Hope offers the chance of a safe and supported intervention through the study that project-partners Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) will run specifically for high-risk individuals. PRU are specialists in early intervention, and are highly experienced in all aspects of mental health treatment.
As a collaborative model, through a series of facilitated meetings, HOAX Our Right to Hope will actively seek to make connections, or build on existing connections, between communities, and the arts centres, education centres and health-service providers that are local to them.
Subsided arts provision
Ziggy’s Wish has several key funding partners. This allows the release of a number of free and concessionary tickets for each tour event, to ensure that low-income does not act as a barrier to the HOAX Our Right to Hope experience.
Supporting vulnerable people in society can be challenging, rewarding, heart-breaking, life-making. HOAX Our Right to Hope demonstrates the power that narrative has to help carry people through difficult times.
If you are a Community Group or Local Organisation, and would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Coursework and career direction
HOAX Our Right to Hope covers a number of different interest areas, and presents a tour event rich in relevance and insight for students and tutors alike. Associated fields include drama, theatre, dance, humanities, medical humanities, medicine, mental health, psychology, sociology, art, literature, illustration, and poetry.
Encouragement to counselling
With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health difficulty in their lifetime, the themes of HOAX Our Right to Hope speak to the audience on a very relatable and personal level: giving individuals the understanding, encouragement and permission to talk about their own experiences.
Awareness raising and the challenging of stereotypes
Young people (aged 15-25 years) are especially vulnerable to the factors that can lead to mental health difficulties. They are also, however, the group who stigmatises mental health the most. HOAX Our Right to Hope offers schools, colleges and universities a route into the anti-stigma and anti-bullying debate, through an extremely powerful, real-life example.
Potentially life-changing experience
HOAX Our Right to Hope will target in particular groups who may not ordinarily have access to high-quality arts provision in their local area. The experience will therefore be profound: be it revelation or release. This is especially true of young audiences, who may never have experienced the degree of relatability and understanding that this artwork offers.
Tangible help for at-risk individuals
For students who are particularly vulnerable, HOAX Our Right to Hope offers the chance of a safe and supported intervention through the study that project-partners Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) will run specifically for high-risk individuals. PRU are specialists in early intervention, and are highly experienced in all aspects of mental health treatment.
Rob's is a voice rarely heard but important to share. By becoming involved with HOAX Our Right to Hope, students and tutors can be part of the conversation to actively counter taboos around mental health: from depression and anxiety, through fear and addiction, to abuse and beyond.
If you are a School, College or University, and would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Case study: The Poppleton Centre, York
There are a many benefits that The Poppleton Centre will feel by being part of the HOAX Our Right to Hope 2017 tour. These include:
- The chance for the Centre to host something new, different, and highly original, and to share this with their local community.
- The chance for the Centre to tangibly support their local community around mental health, and to promote recognition that mental health difficulties can affect everybody, regardless of socio-economic status.
- The sense of permission that the local community will feel to discuss mental health more openly.
- The chance for the Centre to reach out to younger and older adults alike, and bring them together in shared conversation around the common goal of understanding.
- The chance for the Centre to welcome those from further afield into the heart of their community, and to highlight what the Centre and Poppleton have to offer.
Case study: Brigadier Philip Toosey Barracks, Liverpool
There are a many benefits that the Brigadier Philip Toosey Barracks will feel by being part of the HOAX Our Right to Hope 2017 tour. These include:
- The enabling of the Barracks to build on existing connections between themselves and their local community, and to make new connections also.
- The enabling of the Barracks to expand those relationships to the wider community across Liverpool and beyond.
- The integration of Army Reservists with civilians: bringing both groups into the same space to experience the HOAX Our Right to Hope event together, around an issue which doesn’t discriminate and can affect anybody.
- The provision of support to local Veteran organisations, particularly around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- The profile and exposure that such a high-quality project will bring to the Barrack’s reputation as a viable arts venue.
If you are an Alternative Venue, and would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The HOAX Our Right to Hope ticket price will include the acclaimed stage musical HOAX My Lonely Heart plus the award-winning graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues and free access to the HOAX Our Right to Hope narrative app.
New and more diverse audiences
Marketing will utilise not only arts networks to reach the general public, but also health networks that deal particularly with ‘hard to reach’ communities where there is high incidence of mental health difficulty but low uptake of mental health services. These communities also demonstrate low engagement with the arts, and are often characterised as black, minority, ethnic and/or deprived. Young people (aged 15-20 years) will be a key target.
There will be significant community and education-focused wraparound activity before and at each HOAX Our Right to Hope tour event: as well as the legacy of the associated mental-health studies that are also a part of this unique event; the results of which will be sent to every participant, highlighting the value of the arts in people’s everyday lives.
Multi-stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships
The HOAX Our Right to Hope tour will actively seek to make connections, or build on existing connections, between arts centres and the communities, education centres and health-service providers that are local to them, in order to help develop local networks. It will also seek to connect these local networks with one another per tour region, such that resources and learnings between them can be shared.
Exposure and a reputation for innovation
HOAX Our Right to Hope offers an innovative cross-sector model that presents a number of different interest areas. By becoming involved, arts venues can give voice to a conversation that will actively reach out from health conferences and health rights campaigners, through tourist boards and academic papers, to legal policy and beyond.
Qualitative and quantitative evaluation
As well as expanding the artistic offering, the HOAX Our Right to Hope narrative app is also a sophisticated means of data capture. It is this that allows the mental-health studies to be carried out. In turn, the qualitative data gathered through this process, and analysed by project-partner Psychosis Research Unit, will provide quantitative evaluations around the success of HOAX Our Right to Hope as a collaborative artwork with social purpose.
Building and nurturing artist relationships
‘Multi-award- winning and multi-award- nominated, at a national and international level.’ This describes the many artists involved in creating the HOAX Our Right to Hope artwork. The wide range of creative and technical disciplines (including scriptwriting, theatre, dance, poetry, illustration, animation, lighting, design and more) provides arts venues with multiple routes to engage and inspire their local young and upcoming artists.
Arts venues have both remit and responsibility to break down barriers that exist in their local areas, as well as in wider society. HOAX Our Right to Hope is a powerful event for any venue to host, that can help them to address a number of hand-in- hand social issues and to meet this significant social challenge.
If you are an Arts Venue, and would like further information on any aspect of HOAX Our Right to Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.