Harm Reduction Task Force Hastings & Prince Edward – presents…
HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE A personal experience of mental health awareness written and performed by Shelley Marshall
Native to Hamilton, Ontario, Marshall uses humour as her coping tool and brought home Gold in the category of “Best Theatre Production” for Hold Mommy’s Cigarette in 2013, was named “Best New Discovery” by Now Magazine, nominated “Best Female Stand Up” in Canada by the Canadian Comedy Awards and has hosted the popular, televised Hamilton Music Awards.
“I feel I not only have an opportunity, but an obligation, to convey a message that can help people heal.” Hold Mommy’s Cigarette has opened the door to Colleges, Mental Health Facilities and even coffee shops for Shelley to speak about mental illness and her true-story relationship with its effect. Backed by repeated sold-out shows, it is clear that Marshall has not only struck a chord, but continues to play a tune that keeps people coming back for more. Quickly blazing an unchartered trail, this comedic icon won’t be slowing down any time soon, so catch her before she’s gone!
Shelley’s Promotional Videos
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 – during Mental Health Week
1pm to 4pm – $25 general admission – Community Service Expo from noon to 1pm
7pm to 9pm – pay what you can $10/$15/$20 general admission – Community Service Expo from 6pm-7pm
Centennial High School Auditorium at 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
Purchase on line – http://www.ticketscene.ca/series/470/
Tickets (exact cash – first come, first served) can also be purchased at Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health at 179 North Front Street, Belleville
About the Show
Comedienne extraordinaire Shelley Marshall is back, unfiltered and raising awareness for Mental Health through honesty turned into Art to promote healing and reduce stigma. Shelley Marshall is known as a starlet, a successful writer and comedienne, a social media guru and a proud mother of two gay children. What you may not know is that fourteen years ago, she was on a much different and darker path. Marshall acknowledged the fourteenth anniversary since her suicide attempt. Her husband who walked in on her called for help and managed to hold onto her body and as fate has its magical way of working, the cord that was wrapped around her neck snapped. This was her lowest point of her life and one that would later inspire material for her play ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’.
Marshall has a long history of mental illness in her family and her life has been marked with many trials and tribulations yet somehow, Marshall has managed to rise above and turn the depths of her sadness into tremendous success. This story and many other stories that tend to go untold shows the magnitude of the importance of bringing awareness to mental health illness. Depression is as dangerous a disease as any. While there are many efforts working to remove stigma around mental illness now, twelve years ago, this was not the case.
In light of the national acclaim she has garnered, what makes Hold Mommy’s Cigarette such a success to Shelley personally is the attention it has contributed in raising mental health awareness. “I knew creating works of art that expressed my experience, my truth, and my understanding, were what would bring a joyful purpose to my life” says Marshall.
The presentation is performed in Shelley’s heartfelt humour and contains mature content.
Who Should Attend
The event is for anyone with an interest in mental wellness and will also feature a separate presentation on the importance of Self-Care and promoting mental wellness.
Not-for-profit organizations wishing to reserve a free display table for the Community Service Expo are invited to contact Julie K. London at email@example.com. Again, the public may view displays from noon-1pm and 6-7pm.