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Hidden LIVE: Adam's Story

A community engagement event organised by our NIHR ARC-GM Mental Health theme, the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and Made by Mortals. 

Hidden LIVE is a collaboration between a vibrant group of young people, Made by Mortals, the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (GM PSTRC) and our Mental Health research team.   It is an immersive performance that will challenge you to encounter life as a young person struggling with their mental health.

This multi-media theatre piece uses imagination and experiences of ‘real people’ and asks you to question what you can do to help, by raising awareness of young people's mental health and creating opportunities for important conversations.



Tour & Tickets

Young people, parents, care professionals, and researchers are invited to attend a free performance of Hidden LIVE 

For group bookings or enquiries please get in touch via  


There are no current shows on sale, please continue to check this page for future performances.  





In September 2021 we started with a group of 10 young people (aged between 16 and 18) from across Greater Manchester.

In collaboration with the team over at Made by Mortals, we worked with this young, diverse group to create a character based on their lived experiences. 

One of the young people, Ashgan, 21, talks about her experience working on this project in a blog, read here.


Live Show - 11th May 2022

During Mental Health Awareness week 2022, we took the Hidden LIVE show to the Royal Northern College of Music

The performance include an immersive listening experience of a pre-recorded podcast written and performed by the young people, as well as music crafted by them and a live performance from the perspective of a caseworker from Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

An interactive workshop took place after the performance, and gave attendees the opportunity to come together and share their experiences, creating rich discussion about the character 'Adam' and what could be done to improve his wellbeing. 



Blog by Russ Cowper

Public and Community Involvement and Engagement Panel Member, Russ Cowper, blogged about his experience of the Hidden LIVE performance,

Adam is a young adult who has unspecified mental health issues. He is about to leave Child mental health services and enter the world of adult mental health services. Adam lives at home in a cramped family environment. He is struggling and is about to lose his friend and mentor Sean from child services. Sean is upset about this as he knows Adams life could get worse than it already is. 

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