Following the 2014 launch of HOAX My Lonely Heart plus accompanying graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues, these artworks were further developed to scientifically and clinically test the hypothesis that they could lead to positive behaviour change around mental health. This was The HOAX Project. I reworked the musical stage script to accommodate the Project’s aims, primarily reducing the length of the piece and rewriting some of the songs.
The HOAX Project toured across the north of England in spring 2017.
Directed by Benji Reid; composed by Minute Taker; studied (Mental Health Stigma) by Prof Paul French; performed by Christopher Tendai, Eleanor Griffiths and Danny Solomon; produced by Ziggy’s Wish; supported by Arts Council England and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
National Lottery Good Causes 2017 (nominated); Arts Councils England Strategic Touring Programme 2016 (awarded); Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 (longlisted); The People’s Book Prize 2014/15 (longlisted); Comics in Education Graphic Novel of the Year 2014 (winner); Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2014 (shortlisted); British Comic Awards Best Book 2014 (longlisted); Comica Top Ten British Graphic Novels 2014 (official selection); Critic’s Poll Publishers Weekly 2014 ((official selection); Arts Councils England Grants for the Arts 2014 (awarded); Arts Councils England Grants for the Arts 2013 (awarded).