Far be it from me –

Looping The Loop Festival 10-21 April 2014

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LOOPING THE LOOP FESTIVAL 10-21 APRIL 2014

 

In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, four Thanet/East Kent arts organisations collaborate to create a feast of world-class performance – it’s live, local and yours for the taking.

 

Leading up to and over the Easter holiday, productions from BAC are presented alongside home-grown-in-Thanet plays, storytelling and street theatre from Scandalmongers, Ellie Jones and .dash theatre. There’s a theatre bus tour as well, a series of workshops and the three Thanet town centres of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs will be taken over by The Dog Walkers in the run-up to the festival.

 

BAC productions are SHAME by John Berkavitch, MAJOR TOM by Victoria Melody, 97 YEARS by Jo Hellier and TEAM OF THE DECADES by Will Dickie. Home-grown productions are FIREBIRD by Emily Parrish/Scandalmongers, (IN)habit by .dash theatre, LOOPING THE LOOP TOUR by Anette Mutton with the performers collective and THE DOG WALKERS by Ellie Jones. 

 

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(pic MAJOR TOM)   At this feast, LOOP BITES offer audiences and the merely intrigued a chance to meet up with the company and share food, for free – there’s supper with SHAME on Easter Saturday 19 April and pre-theatre drinks before MAJOR TOM on Easter Sunday 20 April – it’s our hope to entice the not-so-sure in to share an experience of live performance art, perhaps for the first time. We hope it’s not the last.

 

The four productions from BAC all explore stories of the individual or family. They include dog shows, beauty pageants, dementia, relationships and shame, presented in every which way through spoken word, dance, sound, film, projection and physical sport.

 

The Collaborative Touring Network at the core of the partnership links Thanet with Battersea Arts Centre and five other regional towns; Gloucester, Great Yarmouth, Torbay, Darlington and Hull (City of Culture 2017). Over three years the partnership will develop new models of touring theatre and lead to artists across the towns sharing new work, creating new networks.

 

There’s information on all the shows at www.loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk and tickets are booked through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/548731  or 0800 411888. You can call 07939 542990 for a chat to find out anything more or email us at loopingthanet@gmail.com.

 

We hope to see you at the shows, down by the coast and the sandy beaches of Thanet. We plan to amuse and entertain you and most importantly to leave you wanting more. 

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Psychosis And The Arts

Psychosis and
the Arts
Thursday 27th March, 2014
@ Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Speakers include: Bobby Baker, Martin Gayford, David Bell,
Wiebke Trunk, Nanna Luth & Meg Harris-Williams
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The use of the arts in personalised recovery journeys, as well as in psychological treatment
approaches to working with psychosis, is well known in contemporary mental health practice.
In this one-day conference supported by Tate Modern, clinical and non-clinical speakers will
come together in encouraging dialogue and dispelling some of the myths that persist in
the field of psychosis and the arts, including Van Gogh’s ear.
Confirmed speakers include the acclaimed visual and performance artist Bobby
Baker, the award-winning writer Martin Gayford, the psychoanalyst David Bell and the
psychoanalytically-informed arts scholar Meg Harris-Williams, together with arts therapists,
service users, their family and friends and other specialists working with psychosis.
International gallery curators Wiebke Trunk and Nanna Luth and educators in the medical
humanities will provide a new lens through which ways of approaching the urgent UK
agenda of compassionate care can be looked at in the context of the wider contribution of the
arts for enhancing empathic mental health care.
ISPS UK Charity No: 1098909

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Dolly Sen – Questions and Answers

I’ve read that you first started to hear voices at age 14, can you tell me what happened?
Every Sunday the radio would play the UK top 40. I listened to it and taped the songs I liked. All of a sudden the music went quiet and a troll-like voice issued from the radio: “What do you want, Dolly? How much do you want?” My skin prickled. I shut off the radio in fear. Deep demonic laughter followed. “Can’t get rid of me. I’m yours for life now.”
  “Who are you?”
“I am the universe. I choose whether you live or breathe.” I got up and ran out of the room. I stopped listening to the radio from then on. As the days passed, I thought maybe I just dreamed it all. But they came back and haven’t left me yet.
Was it one voice, or many? … What were the voices saying?
At first it was only one distinct voice with whispering voices in the background, but not long after my first experience, one voice became many. The voices were quite vicious and abusive, ordering me to kill myself, telling me I was evil and a demon, that my family were better off with me dead and that I would bring harm to them just by being alive. If there was a disaster on the TV, they told me it was my fault. They called me a whore, a slut, that my heart was rotting. Imagine hearing that day in day out, for years on end.
When you heard these voices were there any images that appeared in your mind? Did these become visual hallucinations as well?
Before I heard my first voices, I was seeing shadows in my room, and sensing presences behind me, or over me when I slept, so they all came together more or less. It was only days after hearing that first voice, that I began to see demonic faces. The voices felt demonic too. I was too scared to know their faces so I didn’t have any images in my mind as to what they might look like.
How difficult was it to go about your daily life whilst experiencing these voices?
I had no life. I couldn’t function on a day to day level. I rarely went out or communicated with my family. I had no friends, no hobbies, no work, nothing to occupy me but terror. When that happens to you, you either lash out or freeze. I froze. I became a statue for over a decade. I did nothing; I couldn’t do anything. Even when I tried to brush my teeth, the voices were telling to stab myself in the eye with a toothbrush.
Do the voices feel as if they coming from inside or outside your head?  For over 20 years, they came from outside my head. I even felt the breath and the body heat of the voices I heard behind me. The more I deal with why I have my voices and accept they are part of me I can’t face or are too painful, some of them move into inside my head.
Does the distance of the voice change with its character (i.e. angry voices compared to soft soothing voices?) They cover all sorts of distances. Sometimes they seem far and muffled, like they are in the other room. Sometimes they feel so close, their spittle touches me and disgust me. These close ones are the ones that are characteristically negative, abusive and overpowering.
Do you believe that the voices you hear are a metaphor, holding traumatic experience safely?
Absolutely. The evolution of my voices were at first thinking they were demons. When I was diagnosed with psychosis, I was relieved they were not demons so welcomed a diagnosis. But as the years went on and the medication turned me into a zombie but did nothing to address WHY I was having those voices. Pills do not cure trauma or abuse. Although voices produced terror, they also saved my life. The abuse at the hands of my dad and others was so horrible that if I believed what he told me about why he was abusing me, it would have ended with my suicide. Voices took it away from my heart and head to save my soul, to turn it into metaphor so I can deal with hell in installments. My voices are the sanest part about me. I have to learn to listen to their pain. Voices tell me about the state of my soul. If the voices are telling me I am an alien, it is telling me I am feeling alienated from the human race. If they tell me I am Jesus, God or all-powerful, I know it’s because I am feeling powerless and need to address that. Whether you want to describe voices as flesh, ghost or dream, I have to listen. What has changed over the years is the power dynamic of the voices. They controlled my life for many years, now I am in the driving seat, but I understand they have to be in the passenger seat until they have reached the end of their journeys.
You mention that you find it very difficult to make phone calls. Please explain more about this.
Try speaking on the phone whilst listening to music or talking on your headphones, and see if you are able to do it. It is physically impossible, because the voice at the other end of the phone is also disembodied, which is the right voice to listen to in the orchestra of confusion? That’s why I think you should have more than one way to contact crisis services than a phone.
Often when we hear about conditions like voice hearing it’s considered a ‘broken brain’ issue. Would you agree the issue should be considered in this way?
No, because they still haven’t proved it. But what I can prove to you is that people who hear voices have a broken heart that needs healing. The more my heart heals, the less power the voices have.
Tell me about some of the art works you’ve produced and the role of auditory hallucinations in the process. Do voices help you in your work? Creativity seems like an exorcism of pain. One day I will write and make art about pretty things and being middle class, but I have still some terrors to release and some ghosts to make even more invisible. Art helps me do that.

http://www.dollysen.com

 
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Guest Post – A SUMMER SQUALL

A SUMMER SQUALL – Sat 24 – Mon 26 August
We’ve been quiet, getting this year’s Summer Squall ready, and now we’re nearly there…
Thanet Open Studios kicks off the fun this weekend (17/18 August) with artists in Ramgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Birchington and Westgate opening their doors. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall/open-studios
The Squall bursts into life at 10am on Saturday 24th when doors open at the UpDown Gallery for the Open Art, selected by Piers Secunda, Cedric Christie, Margaret Buck, Ben Weidel-Kaufmann and gallery owner Kate Smith. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall-event/open-art-exhibition
On Ramsgate harbour, there’s a host of activity! Toc de Fusta from Spain, The Caravan Gallery, Sunbeam Walkies, our open air stage programmed with music and dance, The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury)…have a peek at the programme to see all that’s on around town. http://ramsgatearts.org/a-summer-squall
We have a Fringe programme for the first time! Some of town’s best bars and groups are putting on events in celebration of summer and the Squall. http://ramsgatearts.org/squall/fringe
But we need your help…Urban Exposure is a whole new concept for the Squall and we still need to raise £1500 to make this amazing day for Thanet young people happen. Jestressflo use freerunning and creative activities to captivate and enthuse young people. We’ve teamed up to present a day of tryouts and inspiration, culminating in a parkour freerunning display at 8.30pm A huge scaffold tower, lights and action – please, we need to make it great for them. If you can donate just £1 it will help us reach our target. Here’s the link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/urban-exposure-at-the-ramsgate-summer-squall
AND….volunteers….we still need stewards for events, so if you can help for 2 hours, please get in touch urgently. It’s a great team and fun to be part of it all. Please contact suegyde@hotmail.co.uk
We can hardly believe we’re here again! We’re indebted to Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council and Arts Council England as major supporters and to London Array and Thorley Taverns. There’s a huge number of people who make this happen with help in one way or another. Thanks to all, and here’s to seeing you, your friends and contacts at the Squall!
The Trustees, Ramsgate Arts
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From Ramsgate Arts : A Summer Squall 2013

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Notification of 4th Workshop – Media, Film & Healthcare

Dear Colleague –
I am pleased to invite you to attend a workshop facilitated by the International Health Humanities Network and the Institute of Mental Health and funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The workshop is scheduled to take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the University of Nottingham‘s Centre  for Advanced Studies and will discuss media and film in healthcare.
The speakers are:
*      Professor Danny Wedding – California School of Professional Psychology
*      Professor Jenny Kitzinger – Cardiff University
*      Dr Ahmed Hankir – University of Manchester
Attendance is by invitation only.
If you would like to take the opportunity to attend this one-day workshop, I would be grateful if you could contact our administrator, Lorna Viikna, by email atlorna.viikna@nottshc.nhs.uk as soon as possible.
Professor Paul Crawford

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