I need a new language.
I need to learn how to speak Tiger
A month after losing her big brother to suicide, Laura’s parents buy her a pet tiger. They never explain the tiger and never discuss Laura’s big brother. Not ever. It’s like Laura’s big brother didn’t exist. And having a pet tiger is illegal for a reason. Soon things start to spiral out of control... as things tend to do with feelings of grief... and tigers...
Inspired by two facts – that the number one killer of men in the UK under 40 is suicide, and that there are now more tigers kept as pets than live in the wild – this is a drama for ages 12+ about how to survive when the worst has happened. Heart-breaking, comic and thought-provoking, I Am Tiger
is about trying to live with loss, how keeping wild animals at home will quickly increase your shopping bills, and why keeping silent is not always the best solution.
This work has been developed and supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and Imaginate’s Accelerator programme. Accelerator is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government (through Creative Scotland), the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.
To accompany the show, we are offering free writing workshops for secondary schools in Perth and Kinross. You can find out more about these here
. We will also be offering the resource packs to all schools, to support pupils and teachers on the themes raised in this show which we will send out with school bookings.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised, you can contact the Samaritans who provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day. Phone 116 123.
Or contact The Lighthouse, Perth
, who offer crisis support to those age 12+, who are at risk with their mental health. This includes those who are at risk of suicide or self-injury, or those who find themselves in emotional distress or crisis. You can reach the freephone crisis line on 0800 121 4820, Facebook messenger or email email@example.com.
£9; (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Schools £6
To accompany Perth Theatre’s production of I Am Tiger
we are offering workshops to secondary school pupils exploring how to writing for mental Health. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here