Join us for the launch of Performing Anxiety, an ambitious new good practice resource for people wanting to make live artistic work about mental health.

Performing Anxiety was created as a response to a significant increase in the number of artistic projects explicitly addressing mental health, often drawing on people’s lived experience. It covers everything from from autobiographical shows about anxiety and depression to participatory projects working with vulnerable people.

The resource exists in various forms – a five-episode podcast, a 60-page publication, two specially commissioned written provocations by theatre-maker Selina Thompson and artist and activist the vacuum cleaner, a set of evolving good practice guidelines, and a series of interviews with artists – all available here.

Performing Anxiety is designed to be a living, evolving resource, and SMHAF expects its initial set of guidelines to be constantly updated and expanded in response to feedback, as it shares the resource across a series of live and online events throughout 2024 and 2025 and more voices join the conversation.

The first of these events will be this online launch and discussion event on Tuesday 16 July, with special guests Mariem Omari of Bijli Productions and Nye Russell Thompson of StammerMouth, winner of the 2023 Mental Health Foundation Fringe Award.

Image: Tim Grayling in Fake It Till You Make It.


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