MouthPieces is a new addition to the Festival reflecting our commitment to showcasing exciting voices from diverse communities. This year we bring you work from people with lived experience of mental health, something which affects 1 in 4 of us.

There’s lots to enjoy, from the physical brilliance of Witness This from Company Chameleon, part of the City Encounters weekend, to Lives on the Edge, our double bill from two filmmakers who make clever use of archives to tell extraordinary personal stories. More personal reflections on stigma, anxiety and trauma are explored with deftness, humour and poignancy in our theatre programme with Wanna Dance With Somebody, I Am Joan and Butterfly. Plus, Alastair Campbell joins us to speak about his own mental health journey. 

Our showcase event Mouthing Off features extracts of work from emerging dance and theatre artists and a full length show about asking for HELP!, alongside a panel discussion about arts and mental health. Come and have your say.

And throughout the Festival an interactive arts installation by Aidan Moesby, Sagacity: The Periodic Table of Emotions, will keep an eye on the Festival mood.

If you have access needs to attend events because of a mental health condition or any other disability check out our new Access for all arrangements. I am looking forward to sharing this work with you!

Viv Gordon
MouthPieces Programmer
MouthPieces is kindly supported by an anonymous donor

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