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workshop: Comedy and Illness

Comedy and Illness: Expressing your Heath Care Stories with Humour

Do you identify as a woman?  Have you been dismissed by medical professionals in regard to a chronic illness or mental health condition?

Amy Vreeke is a theatre maker, facilitator and stand-up comedian based in Manchester. She is currently working on a solo comedy theatre show, The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me about her experience of living with endometriosis, which was commissioned by Contact Theatre, SICK! Festival and supported by Lancaster Arts and Arts Council England.

Endometriosis is a common disease and has an average diagnosis time of 7 years. One reason for this lengthy diagnosis time is doctors not taking this pain seriously. This workshop is for people who identify as women and who have experienced being ignored or dismissed my medical professionals in regard to a chronic illness or mental health condition.

Through building skills in storytelling, writing and comedy, this workshop will equip participants with the tools to express and explore healthcare stories with humour. There is no need to have any experience in theatre or comedy, however we welcome participants who may have experience but are looking to explore this topic for the first time.

You don’t have to bring anything – just come prepared to share your stories!

How to Sign Up

If you wish to attend this workshop, please email producers@lancasterarts.org, with one line telling us why you wish to take part.

Please note:  limited spaces available.

You can also see Amy Vreeke’s show at Lancaster Arts – all details are here.  There are half price tickets for all workshop participants!

  • Duration
  • 3pm-6pm
    Thursday 17 October
  • Cost
  • FREE
    But Advance Sign-Up is Required (See above).
  • Location
  • Tara Centre
  • The Storey, Castle Park, Lancaster LA1 1TH
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Amy Vreeke: The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me
18 Oct - 18 Oct

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