Welbeing-2013-LogoTo be or not to be affected by mental health in the 21st century – that is the question

An unusual performance will be given at a health and wellbeing event, taking Shakespeare’s Hamlet as inspiration.

Shakespearean Actor, Tom Mallaburn, will lead a session at The Wellbeing Symposium 2013 that will identify the mental health issues troubling Shakespeare’s most famous character, Hamlet.

Tom will stage a unique performance, which will engage its audience and spark debate at The Wellbeing Symposium, which will be held on 13th November 2013 in Kent.

Tom found fame performing Hamlet and Henry V with The British Touring Shakespeare Company and has performed at The Globe Theatre, in The West End and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He will perform three speeches from various Shakespeare plays and cleverly link them to the problems that people face today – showing how issues explored in Shakespeare’s plays are still as relevant today as they were 400 years ago.

Tom will use a soliloquy from Hamlet to explore the character’s unease with his mental condition, leading onto an open discussion with the delegates.

The Wellbeing Symposium is being staged by wellbeing specialists, Wellbeing People and creative agency, Pillory Barn. Tom performed at a smaller event for Wellbeing People in 2011 and was inspired by how much the audience responded to his employment of Shakespeare as a vehicle to discuss wellbeing.

Tom said:

“I’m delighted to be asked to contribute to the Wellbeing Symposium. I hope to be able to relate some of the issues faced by Shakespeare’s great characters, particularly Hamlet, to the issues of 2013 that we will be discussing at the Symposium.”

The pioneering event will also include sessions that will look at issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing including a workshop on happiness from accomplished athlete and performance coach Simon Thorpe. Simon will explore the perception of happiness; the danger of comparison and steps delegates can take to a achieving a happier physical and mental wellbeing. He delivered a workshop on the same subject as last year’s event – which was a highlight for many delegates.

Other workshops will explore subjects including engaged prevention, nutrition, corporate social responsibility, The Welfare Reform, staff wellbeing and work/life balance.

The Wellbeing Symposium, which is now in its second year, will be returning to the Kent Event Centre at Detling Showground, Maidstone. It will bring together experts, specialists and thought-leaders in the field of health and wellbeing and will emphasise three key areas:

  • Wellbeing in the workplace
  • Wellbeing in the community
  • Wellbeing for the individual

The Symposium will be kicked-off with a plenary session lead by a number of key players in the world of wellbeing – including CEO of Tomorrow’s people, Baroness Steadman-Scott, nutritionist and The Times journalist Amanda Ursell and members of the CIH, David Orr.

Last years’ popular interactive zone will return with various wellbeing activities to for delegates to enjoy. These include live yoga demos, free massage, smoothie bike challenge, cholesterol and blood glucose testing and free health checks from interactive kiosks.

Readers can enjoy a discounted rate of 1 x ticket for £99 with discount code PB99 (usually £149).

To book onto the event call 01622684407 or email

Updates will be added to as details are confirmed, plus you can view the video from the first event.

You can also follow the event on twitter (@wellbeing2013) for announcements and breaking news and ‘like’ the symposium on Facebook at

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