Emmy Award-winning Sopranos actor Joe Pantoliano and British contemporary artist Stuart Semple will be making some noise to highlight mental health issues in Dublin tonight, although sold out can be watched live here.
The two will be appearing in conversation with Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, at the Please Can You Make Some Noise for… Mental Health First Fortnight event tonight at 7pm, in Earlsfort Terrace. The event will be livestreamed on amnesty.ie.
Tonight’s event is part of First Fortnight, Ireland’s only mental health arts festival. Held annually in the first two weeks of January, First Fortnight is aimed at challenging mental health prejudice and discrimination.
Joe Pantoliano played the character of Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, Bob Keane in La Bamba, Cypher in The Matrix, Teddy in Memento, Francis Fratelli in The Goonies and Guido “the Killer Pimp” in Risky Business.
In 2007 Joe Pantoliano announced that he had been suffering from clinical depression for the previous ten years. He courageously chose to speak out about his experience, working to remove some of the stigma that still surrounds people with mental health problems. He founded No Kidding, Me Too, which works with members of the entertainment industry to highlight mental health problems and to ‘stomp the stigma’.
Recently Stuart Semple initiated a grant fund within the mental health charity Mind through which he hopes others experiencing mental distress might enjoy the benefits that creativity has awarded him, curating the exhibition ‘Mindful’ hosted by Stephen Fry and Lord Melvyn Bragg.