Marlborough Pub & Theatre 4 Princes Street, Brighton, United Kingdom | Map
start date: 2020-03-24 | finish date: 2020-03-24 | time: 19:00-21:00
We the Marly: A queer home from home – one of the most inclusive and fun gay venues in Brighton.
A poetic performance and interactive workshop supporting queer mental health.
How does it feel to have someone listen to you? Really listen? When the world outside is shouting about how you don’t belong, you don’t fit? What is it like to find the embrace of a space where weird is welcomed, norms are upended, and care is on tap?
Can hanging out at your local pub actually be a radical act of self-preservation? Can a pub be a centre of community well-being? Or is mental health care the preserve of a system that was not designed with the queer experience in mind?
Join academics, mental health practitioners, artists and community members at the Marlborough Pub & Theatre for an evening of performance and World Café-style workshop inspired by the lived experiences of the Pub community. We share poetry based on the accounts of real people, relating the experiences of giving and receiving emotional support that seems to go unrecognised in the mental health system.
We invite you to join us in interactive, arts-based workshop sessions responding to this provocation, adding your experiences and thoughts, and envisioning a social scene that acknowledges, protects, validates and celebrates health-giving social relationships.
Refreshments provided. Workshops are fully accessible. Performances are partially accessible – please contact the organisers to arrange access support.
Charlotte Wilcox is a psychotherapist in private practice in Brighton. After working in mental health services she now lectures in critical psychology with an interest in radical alternatives to mainstream provision. Her doctoral research uses creative methods to investigate experiences of queerness. She lived upstairs at the Marly for a bit, during which honeyed time this project came to be.
Rebecca Graber is a critical health psychologist interested in how friendships can help people get through adversity. She is particularly interested in using creative methods to understand lived experience and plugging that knowledge into systems that should do a better job of caring for people than they do. She is a parent, immigrant, and ally.
Helen Johnson is a social scientist whose work centres around creativity and the arts. She is particularly interested in spoken word and slam communities, and in arts interventions for health, wellbeing, education and social justice. Helen is also a performance poet who uses poetry and creative writing as a research tool. In her ‘spare’ time she runs poetry events, managing Glastonbury Festival’s Poetry&Words stage, alongside her wife Benita.
The event is funded by the University of Brighton School of Applied Social Science Network Fund.
We’re pleased to provide travel subsidies for anyone who needs one to attend. To request one, without providing a reason, please email [email protected] .
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