Dry Season

Kat thought they were too young to worry about menopause, biology had other ideas…

‘Kat’s unapologetic words deliver eloquent punches, their poetry challenging audiences to look them straight in the eyes and meet them for who they are. Kat’s performance is compelling and magnetic.’

Anita Kelly, theatre reviewer, Weston-Super-Mum
Full review here

Audience feedback from: Work in Progress, Alma Theatre, Bristol, Sept 2019 & Premier, Camden Peoples Theatre, London, July 2021

Photography by Suzi Corker

Dry Season takes the audience on an autobiographical journey through a chaotic year of hormones, mental health issues and NHS visits. Intimate, honest and darkly humourous, Kat uses spoken word theatre to explore societal expectations of age and gender, our need for connection, and how we cope with change.

Image by Barbara Cetlova

Project History

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.

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.

In July 2021, after another Artspace Lifespace residency at The Island, the finished show premiered at Camden Peoples Theatre as part of their Calm Down, Dear festival of feminist theatre.

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

Acknowledgements:

Huge thank yous to my funders Arts Council England, and to my bid partners and project supporters, without whom none of this would have been possible: Artspace Lifespace, Bristol Ferment, Camden Peoples Theatre, Apples and Snakes, Shoebox Theatre, Bristol Women’s Voice, Black Bark Films, my dramaturge/movement director Laura Dannequin, and my producers Helen Edwards and Maeve O’Neill.

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.