Dry Season

“Her unapologetic words deliver eloquent punches, her poetry challenging audiences to look her straight in the eyes and meet her for who she is. Kat’s performance is compelling and magnetic.”

Anita Kelly, theatre reviewer.
Full review here

“Effortless blend of humour and poignancy” 

“This kind of work is desperately needed”

 

“Perfect mix of raw honesty, humour and beauty”           

“Loved it- brilliant, engaging and vitally important”

Audience feedback, Alma Theatre

Kat takes the audience on a journey through premature menopause, using their experience to question societal ideas of age and gender and explore how we cope with a changing sense of self. Intimate, tender, and unashamedly honest, Dry Season uses spoken word theatre to break the silence surrounding 'the change' and its less-than-glamorous effects.

Latest project development:
Thanks to the support of Bristol Ferment, in late 2020 we undertook a further period of show development at Bristol Old Vic to create new material.

We also redeveloped and expanded the overarching project to take account of Covid restrictions and create additional digital offerings. These included an animated poetry film, participatory workshops, as well as the online spoken word event SpitFire, which was conceived to amplify the diverse voices and experiences of older women. 

We are hoping to tour Dry Season as soon as circumstances allow.

Please get in touch if:

  • You’re interested in bringing Dry Season to your local theatre/community group.
  • You’d like me to run spoken word/ performance workshops around any of the themes Dry Season explores.
  • You’re an artist in any discipline exploring similar themes and is interested in collaborating.
  • You’re running a talk or panel on issues around gender/menopause etc and would like me to contribute.

Huge thank yous to my bid partners and project supporters, without whom none of this would have been possible: Artspace Lifespace, Bristol Ferment, Bristol Women’s Voice, Black Bark Films, Apples and Snakes, Lucy English, Laura Dannequin & Helen Edwards.

Thank you also to everyone who supported me throughout my diagnosis, and to those who generously shared their menopause experiences with me to help inform this project. If you or anyone you know is looking for support or information on this subject, Bristol Women’s Voice have produced a free Menopause Info Pack which is clear, informative, and inclusive. Outside of Bristol, The Daisy Network is an invaluable resource, and is currently the only charity in the UK focusing on the issue of premature ovarian failure/insufficiency.

In May 2019 I was awarded funding from Arts Council England to research and develop my first spoken word solo show ‘Dry Season‘. I spent the summer rehearsing with my dramaturge/ movement advisor Laura Dannequin up at Ashton Court arts mansion as part of my artist’s residency with Artspace Lifespace, which was invaluable for expanding the physicality of my work. The R&D process was documented by local filmmakers Black Bark Films, who also produced the promotional showreel.

2019 WiP showings:

  • 23rd-25th Aug, Red Sea Travel Agency, Shambala Festival. With artist’s Q&A and accompanying interactive creative workshops. Free.
  • 29th Aug, The Arts Mansion, Ashton Court, Bristol. Scratch performance and artists Q&A. Free.
  • 3rd Sept, Alma Theatre, Bristol. With artist Q&A. Double bill with Isadora Vibes presenting a specially curated version of her intimate performance Soak