Coronation Street star, Ian Puleston-Davies talks openly about how he copes with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Photo credit: Neilson Reeves Photography 


8 – 13 October

National OCD Awareness Week

National Mental Health Awareness Week

World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October)

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On Saturday 13 October at 7.30pm, Square Chapel Arts Centre will welcome actor, writer and patron of OCD UK Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star, Vera, Coronation Street, Being Human) to the stage for an exclusive screening of the film Dirty Filthy Love – a film Puleston-Davies co-wrote with Jeff Pope (the British television producer and screenwriter who won a BAFTA for the drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders). –  starring Michael Sheen and Shirley Henderson. Puleston-Davies will also take part in an open and frank question and answer sessions after the film to discuss how he copes living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).


The film ‘Dirty Filthy Love’ follows an architect when his life falls apart as a result of his affliction with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome. Based on true events from Ian Puleston-Davies’ experiences of living with OCD, the public can watch Michael Sheen and Shirley Henderson star in this touching and funny tale.


The film was nominated and won numerous awards including a BAFTA nomination for best film and best actor for Michael Sheen, it won the Best TV Moment Award, the Silver Award at the New York Film & TV Festival and the RTS award for Best Single Drama.


Some still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised – this is far from the case. In fact, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating disorder which leads the sufferer to having unwanted intrusive thoughts rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. Around three quarters of a million people are thought to be living with severe, life impacting and debilitating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and that’s just in the UK.


Ian Puleston-Davies said: “I will be openly discussing my experiences and living with OCD and what my life and career have been like since my most early memory of knowing I was different, aged 7, and since I was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 35. I hope me being honest about my experiences will helps others to talk openly and find support for their mental health.

The evening has been put together especially by Ian Puleston-Davies and Square Chapel Ars Centre in time for National OCD Awareness Week (8-13 October) and Mental Health Awareness Week. Puleston-Davies will be joined on stage by the Director of OCD UK, Ashley Fullwood. There will be opportunities for the public to ask Ian and Ashley their questions during the Q&A and after the show as they will both be staying around in the Square Chapel café/bar afterwards and OCD UK will have more information for anyone who would like to know more.


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Notes to editor:


Listings information:

Saturday13 October, 7:30pm

Copper Auditorium – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Tickets: £8

Approx running time: 120mins (inc Q&A)

Age: 15

Director: Adrian Shergold

Writer: Ian Puleston-Davies and Jeff Pope

Country: UK

Year: 2004

Cast: Michael Sheen, Adrian Bower, Claudie Blakley

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