THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing, and Support in Mind Scotland has welcomed a couple of performers to The Stafford Centre this week where they have talked about their shows, support for our charity and why they are so passionate about raising mental health awareness.

New Yorker Walter DeForest and Brooklyn-based Klahr Thorsen both gave fascinating interviews to Radio Stafford 103 and enjoyed meeting staff and people who use the service in the capital's Broughton Street. 

Walter, a Vincent Van Gogh performer and artist, then went on to break the World Record for number of portrait sketches in 12 hours on the Royal Mile on Wednesday, with a fabulous total of 160. He also raised funds and awareness for the work of Support in Mind Scotland.

Mental health and illness features prominently throughout this year's Fringe programme. We are only scratching the surface with the four shows we have listed below, but all are well worth seeing, including Scottish comic Gary Little - who will be headlining a comedy night in aid of Support in Mind Scotland on 12 September at The Stand in Glasgow.

SCREW YOUR COURAGE! (OR THE BLOODY CROWN!)
Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Witches curse an actress to play the role of Lady Macbeth over and over again until she gets it just right. Will she be able to conquer madness, Serbians, and enchanted bagpipers long enough to triumph as Shakespeare's most misunderstood heroine?

In this one-woman show, a Brooklyn actress confronts her most stubborn demons. 

Cursed with an unshakeable obsession to triumph in the role of Lady Macbeth, will she finally come to terms with Shakespeare’s most misunderstood heroine? Or will she succumb to madness, Serbians and enchanted bagpipers? Warning: Contains drama!

TICKET DETAILS HERE

VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF
@Natural Foods Kafe, 55 Clerk Street

Walter DeForest / PBH’s Free Fringe Interactive experience. Everyone gets a portrait. Have an intimate moment with Vincent. Witness the passion, humour and heart of a great artist. Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity. You think you know the truth? #VanGoghFindYourself, please. #VGFY Note: Walter DeForest was born, with a hole in his heart, on July 30th. On July 30th, Vincent was buried. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

FREE SHOW. DETAILS HERE

GARY LITTLE: A LITTLE BIT OF PERSONAL
@The Stand, York Place

After a successful 2015 Fringe, Gary is back with a brand new show. This time he tells stories of paranoia, hillwalking, prison pen pals and being known as the guy with the dogs! Gary has an incredibly warm, personable style. Combine this with his unflinching honesty and openness, and just a hint of vulnerability, and audiences everywhere fall in love with his easy charm. 

TICKET DETAILS HERE

HERO WORSHIP
@ C (-1) Chambers Street

One comic book fan tries to figure out what the real meaning of his life is by becoming a superhero. Trouble is – he doesn’t know what his powers are. A comedy tale that pokes fond fun at all our super powered heroes from Captain America and Batman to Banana Man and Captain Planet. For comic fans and completely clueless newcomers who have never picked up a comic in their life, this show is fun, funny and yet full of pathos and ultimately very uplifting.

TICKET DETAILS HERE