You Can’t Know This
by Eve Was Framed

Developed from the writer’s experiences as service user, activist and researcher YOU CAN’T KNOW THIS explores some of the quirks and challenges of a therapeutic relationship from both sides. The relationship is the key to success but how good are we at communicating what that means and dealing with the parts that don’t always make sense? 

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Sarah Strutt

Sarah’s poetry shares their experience of living with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. Exploring the management of intense rapid fluctuations in emotions, hear Sarah’s reflections on particularly testing challenges. “A key feature of life is the constant feeling of loneliness regardless of social contact,” writes Sarah who hopes to expose the audience to the complexity of life, and the effects of this emotional onslaught.

Comedy, Creativity & Craziness
by Headspace

A stand-up comedy performance performed by comedians with lived experience of mental illness. A hard hitting, enlightening and hilarious take on how society and services see mental illness.

Headspace, based at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, is an exciting and creative outlet for people with Mental Health issues, without direct focus upon these. A forum where people can freely express their individuality and utilise their skills by focusing on positive, personal, social and professional achievement and success, not on mental health. Headspace promotes positive change for the individual and challenges misconceptions often held by society. 


Unsent Letters - A Reading
by The Hearth Centre


The Hearth Centre raises mental health issues through theatre and good writing. www.thehearthcentre.org.uk

Unsent Letters ( by Hearth’s Artistic Director, Polly Wright) explores well researched issues around BAME mental health, addiction and adoption.

This reading of Unsent Letters is performed by Deborah Tracey (pictured right) whose theatre work includes: A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Last Women (Belgrade) and Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles) and the Hearth Centre.

Deb’s television and film work includes: Doctors (BBC) Obsessions (Discovery ID)Fee Fi Fo...Yum (BBC)Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight) and Patient Zero (Sony Pictures). She also writes and performs her own critically acclaimed stage shows, Death of a Beauty Saleswoman and Fades, Braids and Keeping it Real


Shaun Griffiths

"My comedy deals with the the fact I'm gay and I have a mental health diagnosis (borderline personality disorder, with episodes of depression)”, writes Shaun. “I run an LGBT peer support group at my local branch of Mind, (people who identify as LGBT are 3 times more likely to develop a mental health condition than heterosexual people) and comedy has helped me tackle stigma around being gay and mental health. I have performed in my home town in Mid Wales, Cardiff and Hereford and each time I have performed it has been positive and strangely cathartic. I think comedy is a good way of getting a message across (in my case stigma around mental health and being gay) without being dry or dull”.



Scissorgun are an electronic music duo consisting of Alan Hempsall (Crispy Ambulance) on guitar and vocals and David Clarkson (Triclops, Illuminati) on synths, samples, rhythms and programming.

They released a 10" vinyl ep and full length CD entitled 'Assault Two' in September 2017.

The performance will be entirely new material.