A NEW theatre production which aims to put the spotlight on mental health issues, will launch at the Regent Centre in Christchurch next month.

Mad4Dance will be staging Light on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday July 9 at 6.30pm.

The show is described as fusing “various forms of media together in a dramatically creative way”.

Donations will be taken on the night and a percentage of ticket sales will go to Dorset Mind which is an independent charity provider of mental health services.

Founder of Mad4Dance, Julie Laming, said one in four people are affected by mental health problems in their lives with the greatest increase occurring in young people.

“The rate of serious mental illness is higher for 18 to 25 year olds than for any other age group over 18.

“The young royals have been working hard to bring awareness to these important issues and warns no one should try and keep a stiff upper lip at the expense of their own well being.

“There has for too long been a ‘taboo’ about speaking about such important issues.” Prince William

“Light is a beautiful and moving story about friendship, love and sacrifice and addresses the mental health issues that young people are facing each day.

Ms Laming added: “Using dance drama, photography, art and film, the audience will be taken on a fun and heartfelt journey that will leave them inspired and uplifted.”

Over 130 talented dancers aged four to 40 will be performing using a variety of styles including street, ballet, contemporary and tap. Tickets are available at regentcentre.co.uk price £12 (concessions: £10).