About the show
I’ve been crazy since I was 15 when I started self-harming and thinking about suicide. The doctor told me it was just depression. Aged 18 I blew my first installment of my student loan and my life savings in 2 weeks – It was one hell of a party! Aged 20 I tried to kill myself by throwing myself off a cliff, but Ian McKellen and Judi Dench saved my life. I blame the Scream figure who was floating outside my 3rd floor bedroom window but that’s psychosis for you! A few weeks later I was partying as if nothing had happened – ask me about the ‘Dewi Measures’. Aged 30 I found myself on a train platform as my noise almost brushed the body of the incoming train – I have no idea how I got there. The doctors told me I was just Bipolar.
Throughout my illness I have always written. Poems, bits of plays, stories and more recently a diary of my ‘Crazy’ thoughts. March 3rd was the first story that I wrote that was inspired my first ‘big’ suicide attempt. My little black book is where I keep my private ‘crazy’ thoughts. My ‘crazy’ ramblings are everything else that I have written during 15 years of mental illness.
Performed uncensored, and as written during manic, depressive and psychotic phases “March 3rd, notes from my little black book and other ‘crazy’ ramblings of a manic depressive.” Aims to give the sane a glimpse of insanity – and the insane a voice.
I live with bipolar type 2 and I’ve never heard anyone describe that experience with such informed accuracy (not even my psychiatrist!). Dewi’s performance was personally moving but with the laughs perfectly punctuating the emotion. It’s an incredibly important piece of work and more people need to see this show, both to educate those who don’t yet understand and to help vocalise those who do.
– Chris T, Audience member, 2018
March 3rd is a moving and wholly engaging show with a fearless performance by Dewi Evans. Reflecting on his life before and after his bipolar diagnosis through anecdotes and fantasies, Dewi shares with us his most painful memories, often bringing humour to his darkest experiences. It is a compelling story, but for me, one of the great achievements of March 3rd is that it manages to bring to life and make visible the hidden suffering of those living with bipolar. I left with a greater understanding of what being bipolar means for the sufferer and for those closest to them.
– Lowri, Audience Member, 2018
A really important piece bout mental health. Honest, open, funny and moving.
– Alyson P, Audience Member, 2018
Workshop Performance Video
The video below contains themes of depression, suicide, suicide ideation, self-harm, alcohol, drug-taking and being Welsh!