Part of The Last Word, a festival where words come alive.

Join us for a day of workshops, panel talks and provocations exploring self-care within the arts sector, led by a team of special guests working in the industry, including theatre reviewer Lyn Gardner, producers Rosie Kelly (China Plate) and Luke Emery and writer and performer Jonny Cotsen.

The day will explore self-care methods and practices, covering topics such as mental health first aid, sustaining yourself and others, producer/artist co-care, and encourage participants to share their experiences and ideas around useful resources for ourselves and the sector.

Curated by producer and theatre maker Hannah Jane Walker in partnership with PIPA; CALM and UKTHEATRE.


10am Welcome and introduction

10.05am – The Producer: Looking both ways
with freelance producer Luke Emery and senior producer Rosie Kelly of China Plate

10.45am – The Artist: Making work safely about own lived experience
with actor and theatre maker Tonderai Munyeru

Tea break

11.30am – The fringe can be a lonely place
with performance artist Priya Mistry and theatre reviewer Lyn Gardner

12.15pm – Parenthood, care and maintaining a career in the arts
with actor Cassie Raine, writer and performer Jonny Cotsen and producer Ruth Dudman


2pm – 3pm
Session A: Exploring good practice around safer check ins and check outs with arts well-being facilitator Louise Platt
Session B: Mental health first aid training workshop with Roundhouse staff

3pm – A practical guide to taking care of yourself as a creative freelancer
with comedian and writer Jack Rooke and spoken word artist Cecilia Knapp

4pm – Resource in the arts sector
with a representative from UK Theatre

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