A SPECTACULAR piece of free theatre which has received rave reviews for exploring mental health through aerial dance will be performed at St Helens Town Hall next week.

Me vs. Me sees two performers animate the emotional ranges of mental health to explore the instinct of fight and flight.

Renowned for their innovative use of bungee-assisted dance, internationally acclaimed Wired Aerial Theatre’s production is an explosion of high leaps, swoops and dives that spill from the stage accompanied by three stunning operatic pieces.

Presented by Cultural Hubs, St Helens Borough Council's award-winning NPO Arts in Libraries programme, Me vs. Me forms part of St Helens’ year as Borough of Culture celebrations, with Wired Aerial Theatre’s St Helens-born artistic director, Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie, starting her career in dance as a student at St Helens College.

Discussing bringing Me vs. Me to her hometown, Wendy said: “Returning to St Helens with Me vs. Me is a deeply personal journey for me and I'm thrilled to share it with the community that has been a part of my artistic journey from the very beginning.”

St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, Councillor Anthony Burns, added: “Me vs. Me has received fantastic reviews when performed elsewhere so I’m excited to see it come to St Helens in the iconic town hall.

“Our year as Borough of Culture is all about celebrating our borough’s proud history when it comes to heritage and culture – so it’s fitting for this show to form part, with the internationally acclaimed theatre company’s Artistic Director born here, one of many talented and creative individuals St Helens borough has produced in the world of arts and theatre.”

Me vs. Me, which will be performed in St Helens Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday, September 28, has already sold out. The 15-minute performance will be followed by a 45-minute in-conversation with the company, exploring Wired Aerial Theatre's history, and relationship to St Helens.

Wired Aerial Theatre are resident for the whole week at St Helens Town Hall, hosting workshops and performances for schools in partnership with Cultured, St Helens Local Cultural Education Partnership.

Next month they will stage a spectacular outdoor performance, As The World Tipped in St Helens town centre.

It will take place on Saturday, October 21 as part of Borough of Culture celebrations – more details for which will be announced soon.