Interviews

Performing Anxiety draws on interviews with writers, performers, directors, producers and programmers across the UK, many of whom have done pioneering work in the field of arts and mental health in recent years.

You can read or listen to the full interviews on this page.

Theatre

Sinead O’Brien

The Irish storyteller talks about the making of No One is Coming, which explores growing up with a parent who has a severe mental illness.
Theatre

Stephanie Katie Hunter

Stephanie Katie Turner, artistic director of Scissor Kick, talks about the challenges of producing shows in which artists explore mental health.
Multi-Arts

the vacuum cleaner

James Leadbitter, aka the vacuum cleaner, talks about working on participatory arts projects with groups of vulnerable young people.
Theatre

Mariem Omari: Part One

Writer and producer Mariem Omari talks about the challenges of making theatre shows based on real people’s traumatic experiences.
Selina Thompson © Jana Rumley
Theatre

Selina Thompson

The acclaimed theatre-maker discusses what artists, producers and programmers need to understand when it comes to making work about mental health.
Multi-Arts

Robert Softley Gale

Robert Softley Gale of Birds of Paradise theatre company shares his thoughts on mental health and accessibility.
Multi-Arts

Ross Mackay

Ross Mackay talks about exploring his experiences of depression through directing theatre shows and writing children’s books.
Theatre

Tracy Gentles

Tracy Gentles, CEO of Sick! Festival, discusses the role of leadership in supporting artistic work about mental health.
Theatre

Amy Conway

Amy Conway talks about what she learned from making an autobiographical show about her mental health.
Theatre

Caitlin Skinner

Caitlin Skinner, CEO of Stellar Quines, talks about the challenges of creating a culture of wellbeing in an arts organisation.
Multi-Arts

Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton talks about exploring her own struggles with anorexia and depression in her theatre shows Mess and All of Me.
Comedy

Dave Chawner

Comedian and mental health campaigner Dave Chawner talks about opening up about anorexia on stage.
Comedy

Juliette Burton

Comedian and activist Juliette Burton talks about the benefits, and dangers, of talking about mental health on stage.
Theatre

Laura Horton

Playwright Laura Horton talks about addressing her own compulsive hoarding behaviours in her award-winning play Breathless.