Hench looks at what it means to be strong and how, for boys and young men, being strong may not always be the best way to stay well.

Researched with young people in the North West, and supported by Healthy Young Minds, Hench has been funded by NHS Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale CCG in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. This resource is a digital version of the live performance and facilitated workshop that toured to Rochdale secondary schools in 2018.

It is intended to be used by professionals working with young people aged 13+ and consists of two interlinked elements.

An intimate, emotionally charged, single voiced play which provides a powerful stimulus to provoke meaningful and important peer discussion, supporting emotional and mental wellbeing.

An accompanying facilitators pack, which has a range of follow up activities to explore the issues raised in the drama.

Watch the trailer to find out more

In partnership with

Raising awareness of emotional and mental health issues.

For young people aged 13+

If you have a password, you can watch the film and download the resource pack now.

Or to request access to the film and resource pack please get in touch

Produced by

Specialists in creating dynamic, high quality and relevant productions for children and young people. M6’s work is driven by a passionate belief in the power of theatre to enrich, challenge, inspire and even transform lives. From the company’s base in Rochdale, M6 reaches audiences of over 15,000 per year.

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Performed by Levi Payne

Directed by Olwen May

Written by Mary Cooper

Workshops facilitated by Carl Cockram

Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore,

Naked Productions.

Costume Design by Eve Salter

Produced by M6 Theatre Company

Design by Studio Tom, Dick & Harry

Filming and Editing by Double8 Moving Pictures

Filmed at Headingley Hall, Leeds

With Thanks to Billy Cooke, Rochdale Connections Trust, Vibe Rochdale, Rochdale and District Mind, Chapel FM Leeds, #Thrive, Jane Ward Heyes, Westward Care and M6 Youth Theatre.

M6 Theatre Company

Studio Theatre, Hamer CP School,

Albert Royds Street, Rochdale OL16 2SU

01706 355898


©M6 Theatre 2018