VICTORIA MAXWELLBFA,BPP*

Mental Health Speaker, Actor, Writer

“Recovery shouldn’t be a possibility. It should be the expectation.” -Victoria Maxwell, Bi-Polar Princess

That’s Just Crazy Talk

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Based on a True Story

Written & Performed by Victoria Maxwell

Directed by Rachel Peake

 

Like Victoria Maxwell’s previous solo shows (Crazy for Life, Funny…You Don’t Look Crazy and Head Over Heels), That’s Just Crazy Talk looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It describes one woman’s journey of coming to terms with mental illness within herself and in her family. An intimate, yet universal story exploring the judgment we face not only from others, but from ourselves and the mysteries of family secrets. This funny and achingly truthful play both entertains and educates, exploding stigmas and portraying the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family in the midst of illness and the beauty that can result when we face our demons.

Bios: Rachel Peake is a freelance director and is the co-Artistic  Director of Solo Collective Theatre. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Victoria on their second project together. This summer Rachel assistant- directed   Camelot at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival; other directorial credits include The Project and The Trolley Car (Jessie Richardson Award nomination –  Outstanding Direction) for Solo Collective Theatre, Head Over Heels for Crazy for Life Productions, La Cenerentola for Vancouver Opera in Schools, Comment devenir parfait en trois jours (Jessie Richardson nomination – Best Production) and Écran de fumée for Théâtre la Seizième,  Heptademic for Studio 58, and the touring remount of the Glass Menagerie for the Arts Club. Rachel was Artist-in-Residence of Ruby Slippers Theatre for 2009 and is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58. www.rachelpeake.com

Victoria Maxwell: At the age of 25, Victoria was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. For 5 years she refused to accept this and in turn was in and out of the hospital. Finally after acknowledging her disorders, with the help of her family and a good psychiatrist, she became proactive in her recovery. Since that time, she’s become one of North America’s most popular speakers and educators on the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness, recovery and dismantling stigma. In addition to being a mental health worker, she’s a blogger for Psychology Today under Crazy for Life: Escapades of a Bipolar Princess, is a core researcher of CREST.BD (a international team that studies issues of bipolar disorder) and has worked for over 20 years as an actress and writer for both film and stage. Her one-person shows tour internationally and have garnered awards in both the US and Canada.