‘innit feels like a hidden giant…Colette Forde is MAGNIFICENT as Kelly Roberts.’ Diandra Reviews It All, New York City
Colette Forde’s ‘innit’ is an important piece of theatre that tackles, with raw honesty, the reality of young people’s battle with feeling unheard and lacking the ability to come forward and speak up about their problems. Common fears being fear itself, not being taken seriously and feeling like a freak. Where do they even start?
Kelly Roberts is a 15 year old schoolgirl with whom they can relate to. Kelly has never experienced anyone really engaging with her, and most importantly being heard. Kelly is oblivious to the fact something deeper is going on and unwittingly reveals her story of bullying, neglect and negative self-image through humour and a colourful performance that does not compromise the weight of the message. The play attempts to remove the daunting mask that has created the stigma around therapy and convey the relief of opening up.
Innit as part of Teen Speak has featured on RTE for Mental Health Day 2019 and Colette Forde herself was a ‘Local Legend’ on Cork’s Red Fm. The production was staged in one of New York’s original Off-Broadway Theatres, The SoHo Playhouse, garnering rave reviews during her 4 week run.
Colette’s main goal is to instil the message to young people to value themselves by developing the skills to invest in their well-being for healthier and more liberating futures.
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YOUTH WORK IRELAND:
Colette Forde’s Innit is an incredibly powerful play that helps break the stigma regarding mental health. This play showcases in an emotionally moving way the importance of opening up and creating a healthy environment in which we can discuss mental health positively. In this play we see how important it is to open up and how every is facing their own battles in life.
The play clearly and strongly portraits the reality of the issues of mental health, the struggles of the working class and the stigma many feel when having to confide in a councillor or therapist. Watching this lone actress challenge the preconceptions of these issues was empowering, emotive and a cathartic experience.
Young peoples’ view on the play ‘Innit’ is a true testament of the content and the impact this one-woman shop has on both young and older audience. To be able to hold an audience on the topic of teenage feelings of anxiety, trauma and loneliness was incredible, very engaging a more to the point topical for all. A must see! Eleanor O’Sullivan, Youth Work Ireland Cork
“Final post from #Limerickfringe Big congrats to Colette Forde for her moving and important piece #Innit combines the humor, innocence and tragic aspects of teenage angst and loneliness. Awesome solo piece that delivers a massive social message.” Darren Lee Cole, Artistic Director, SoHo Playhouse Theatre, New York
‘I was very impressed with Colette Forde’s innit. As well as being an accomplished performer, Colette’s writing on the topic of teenage turmoil is heart breaking, gentle and darkly funny at the same time.’ Marketa Dowling, Belltable Theatre, Limerick
Colette Forde has written, directed and stars in a show that strips away the mask worn by the disgruntled and disconnected teenager we all know and love via Kathrine Tate’s Lauren and Harry Enfield’s Kevin The Teenager.
Behind that mask we find hopes and dreams, anguish, compassion, despair and a history probably all too familiar for many.
Written with a brutal honesty at its core, Innit has moments not for those of a prudish persuasion. But that honesty gives the work humour, and – far more importantly – flavours the scenes that reveal the heart and soul of a young girl drowning in a world she is struggling to understand, and desperate to escape.
Innit is a must see for anyone who, like me, has been the classic disaffected teenager. A must see for anyone working or dealing with young people. A must see for anyone interested in understanding human behaviour.
And a must see for anyone who believes in the human spirit, and championing those on the fringes of our society. Official Limerick Fringe Review, Stan Notte