Has everyday sexism – from street harassment to online abuse, or more subtle forms of sexism like gaslighting or ‘mansplaining’ – impacted on your mental health?

Would you be willing to share your experiences with the creators of a new theatre show & research project?

The Mental Health Foundation is working with award-winning theatre-maker Julia Taudevin (Blow Off, Chalk Farm, Some Other Mother) towards the production of a show that will explore, with searing wit and heartfelt honesty – and through music – the struggle of the contemporary woman to attain and maintain good mental health.

The show will premiere at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. We want to base this show on women’s real-life stories – which we will gather, anonymously and in parallel to the show’s development, for a research project led by Dr Iris Elliott, head of policy and research for the Mental Health Foundation.

The first stage of this process will be an all-day workshop in the Club Room at the CCA in Glasgow on Thursday 20 April, led by Dr Iris Elliott and Julia Taudevin. The workshop is a part of – but ticketed separately from – our arts and mental health symposium The Dust of Everyday Life.

All women are welcome. All stories offered will be treated confidentially. If they end up featuring in the show they will be used anonymously. In order to create a safe and supportive space for open discussion, there will be no men present at any point.

If you would like to join us on Thursday 20 April, please contact Gail Aldam at galdam@mentalhealth.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on Thursday 20 April but would potentially be interested in participating in this project, please send your contact details to Gail and we will keep you up to date on its progress. Thank you!