A play about the original frontman of the rock band Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, is at the centre of the programme for this year's Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

One Thinks of It All As A Dream, a new play by Scottish author and playwright Alan Bissett, follows the life of the brilliant songwriter who also struggled with mental health issues.

The play about Barrett, immortalised by the band in a series of their most famous songs, will portray the singer and songwriter's struggles with mental health and fame, and is the festival's (SMHAFF) first commission.

Pink Floyd's song Shine On You Crazy Diamond was a tribute to Barrett, as is the song Wish You Were Here.

The festival has announced that Ian Barrett, Syd’s nephew, will join Mr Bissett, author John Cavanagh and music journalist Nicola Meighan for an evening of discussion, archive footage and music celebrating Barrett’s life in the year he would have turned 70.

The remaining members of Pink Floyd have given the play and its soundtrack of the band’s music, their blessing.

It will be performed at Oran Mor in Glasgow, the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

The play is part of the festival which is celebrating its 10th programme, which encompasses theatre, film, music, comedy, visual art and literary events across Scotland, opening on World Mental Health Day, October 10 and running until October 31.

The festival has appointed its first associate artist in Emma Jayne Park, whose interactive dance work for children, Experts In Short Trousers, will tour the country.

The festival's tenth edition also includes new collaborations with other Scottish arts organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Oran Mor, Traverse Theatre, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Dundee Literary Festival, Africa In Motion, Take One Action and Luminate

Lee Knifton, head of the Mental Health Foundation, Scotland, said: "We’re delighted to be able to announce such a strong, diverse and vibrant programme for the tenth annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

"Over the past decade, we’ve worked with hundreds of artists and organisations across Scotland to challenge stigma, raise awareness and encourage creative responses to mental health.

"By commissioning our first-ever work of theatre, leading our largest ever International Film Competition and launching some high profile collaborations with some of the biggest arts organisations in the country this year, we’re making a big statement about where we hope the festival will be heading over the next ten years."

Ms Park is a dancer and choreographer.

Park’s company, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, will tour Experts In Short Trousers, a piece of interactive dance theatre about a group of aliens on Earth.

Park and Julia James-Griffiths will also present The Box/Thinking In The First Person, a dance double bill exploring the impact of depression.

Where The Crow Flies, a new work by Lisa Nicoll based on interviews with women in East Lothian, will also tour a number of venues across Scotland during the festival.

The festival is also engaging in a collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Playwright Jo Clifford leads a workshop exploring the impact of prejudice on transgender people, Pamela Carter discusses her new play on maverick psychiatrist RD Laing, and Cora Bissett directs a performance by members of the Adam World Choir, a choir of over 100 transgender people from around the world, brought together for NTS’ Eve/Adam project.

The film programme features over 50 features and short films, screening in cinemas and venues across the country.

They include the European premiere of Touched With Fire, a drama about bipolar disorder starring Katie Holmes.