Dates and Times
Tue 12 May 2020 at 7.30pm
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Presented by Maya Shimmin
Can one pill really change everything? What does it feel to slowly become mentally unwell? What does reality and normality feel like? Does anyone really know who they really are?
Stemming from personal experiences, Dosage is an autobiographical two-hander, one female performer, one female sound designer, exploring the effect that the contraceptive pill can have on mental health. It is a distinctive inquisition into the mind and how normal life can be warped by taking just one pill.
Using sound design, live film, spoken word, games with the audience and marmite toast, Dosage explores the effects of the contraceptive pill, what an alternate reality and mental health feels like, how to keep calm and carry on and what ‘survival’ and ‘recovery’ really looks like for someone once they’ve been through trauma.
This performance is not just a stand-alone theatrical piece, it is an act for social change; to start having discussions and asking questions, to understand that the decision to take the pill is not as easy as it may first seem.
This performance is a work-in-progress.
This event is part of UCL Culture’s Performance Lab, where artists, researchers and students explore how live performance can animate research – and how research can inspire art. See the full programme here.
Please note, this show takes place at Bloomsbury Theatre, however, please continue to book through CPT’s website.
CONTENT TO CONSIDER
The performance addresses themes of anxiety and suicide ideation, as well as offering depictions of panic attacks. Recommended age rating 14+
This performance contains loud noises. The performers will offer jelly beans and marmite toast to the audience.
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About the company
Maya is a theatre maker, facilitator and director, creating socially engaged work. In her final year at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she is currently devising and researching experimental performance which pushes the boundary of what female solo performance is, has been and can be, exploring audience/performer releationships, self-indulgence and auto-biographical processes.
Twitter: @MayaShimmin | #thepillwill
Image credit (c) MayaShimmin
Image description: various tablets of pills.