About

Let’s Talk About It!

OUR STORY

SICK! Festival faces up to the complexities of mental and physical health. We present an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from researchers, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues we address. Themes are explored through many art forms – dance, theatre, film, spoken word – and through discussion and debate. We present and commission powerful, innovative and engaging work by artists from across Manchester, the UK and the world.  We take the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most as well as major cultural venues.

SICK! Festival has grown and evolved since 2013, emerging from reflections on our own lives and the lives of people around us to embrace issues of wider significance for communities and deep importance for individuals. We are constantly guided by those communities and individuals, who ground our work in real-life experience, huge knowledge and immense understanding of the sensitivities of emotive issues. All too often these subjects are kept away from public view and debate. We exist to change that.

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Our Team

Helen Medland

CEO/Artistic Director

Tim Harrison

Creative Director

Celia Makin-Bell

Executive Director

Zoe Martinez

Operations Coordinator

Steve Vickers

Creative Producer

Our Trustees

Jon Rouse

Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Rowena Burns

Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships and Health Innovation Manchester

Paul Ferry

Executive Chairman of gbpartnerships

Liz Treacy

Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Professor Sandeep Ranote

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Medical Director - Northwest Boroughs Healthcare NHSFT; GM CAMHS Clinical Lead; Visiting Professor in Mental Health - University of Salford & University of Chester

Our Opportunities

FEVERED SLEEP – THAT GRIEF THING – GRIEF GATHERINGS 

At a time when many people find death and grief almost impossible to talk about, This Grief Thing by Fevered Sleep aims to open up conversations about grief and make it visible.

The company is taking over a shop unit on 58 King Street in Manchester hosted by artistic directors Sam Butler and David Harradine. Each shop offers Grief Gatherings and specially designed clothing, badges, bags and condolence cards at a pay what you want price, that can help conversations about grief to start.

Grief Gatherings

Small group conversations about grief facilitated by Sam and David, who guide people through a process of sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Grief Gathering dates/times;

19th September – 6:30 – 8:00pm

26th September – 10:00 – 11:30am

27th September – 6:30 – 8:00pm

02nd October – 6:30 – 8:00pm

https://www.thisgriefthing.com

“This popup ‘Grief Shop’ is travelling the UK to help people deal with the deaths of their loved ones” – The i Newspaper

Ever wanted to be on the radio? Been harboring disc jockey dreams or drivetime desires?

Join Hunt & Darton for a whistle-stop tour of the world of radio presenting.

This one day workshop focused around disability in society will get your fingers on the buttons and your voice on the airwaves, introducing you to the key skills involved in hosting a show on the radio. Conduct interviews, compose jingles, brush up on your banter – and bring everything together for your own bespoke broadcast.

There’s even an opportunity to have your vocal stylings included as part of Hunt & Darton’s live show, Radio Local on 20th September – Live from outside The Lowry in Salford.

Hunt & Darton are a decade-long Live Art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. They are self-taught Radio Presenters within their Radio Local project – making a brand new hyper-local radio station, with locals, for locals.

In this workshop we will be specifically focusing on creating content for the live radio show around Disability in Society, one of this years thematics for SICK! Festival 2019

Date:14th September @ The Lowry 10am-6pm

To reserve your place please email Steve@Sickfestival.com or call 0161 696 6410 

Ever wanted to be on the radio? Been harboring disc jockey dreams or drivetime desires?

Join Hunt & Darton for a whistle-stop tour of the world of radio presenting. This one day workshop will get your fingers on the buttons and your voice on the airwaves, introducing you to the key skills involved in hosting a show on the radio. Conduct interviews, compose jingles, brush up on your banter – and bring everything together for your own bespoke broadcast.

There’s even an opportunity to have your vocal stylings included as part of Hunt & Darton’s live show, Radio Local on 28th September – Live from Manchester City Centre

Hunt & Darton are a decade-long Live Art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. They are self-taught Radio Presenters within their Radio Local project – making a brand new hyper-local radio station, with locals, for locals.

In this workshop we will be specifically focusing on creating content for the live radio show around End of Life, one of this years thematics for SICK Festival

Date:15th September @ The Lowry 10am-6pm

To reserve your place please email Steve@Sickfestival.com or call 0161 696 641

Are you between 16 – 19 years of age?

Are there things about your body you feel uncomfortable talking about? 

Body of Knowledge is a new performance work that explores all the different ways teenagers and adults talk about their bodies (including, pain, ageing, pleasure, grief, shame, sexuality, boundaries and consent.)

The work will involve the young person performers phoning in and speaking individually to a live audience in the theatre.

You will script the questions that you want to ask through a 2-day workshop process with lead artist Samara Hersch as well as rehearse the show. Throughout the performance, everything will be anonymous and you will never have to expose anything about yourself that you don’t feel comfortable.

Part of the performance may also include you performing a remote concert for the audience via speakerphone.

Samara Hersch is an artist, theatre director and educator from Melbourne. She graduated from DAS Theatre in Amsterdam. She has worked across main stages and independent theatre companies in Australia, including Back to Back Theatre, Ridiculusmus, Malthouse Theatre, Arts House and St Martins Youth Theatre. Her recent work, made together with Lara Thoms called: We All Know What’s Happening
won Best Contemporary and Experimental Performance at the 2018 Melbourne Green Room Awards and will tour to Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Noorderzon Festival in Summer 2019.

KEY DATES:

  • Available for the period of September 7th & 8th for a 2-day workshop process in Manchester followed by remote test performance of the show for an audience in Belgium in late September (date TBC).
  • For the Manchester rehearsal and performances on 3rd, 4th & 5th October 2019 at Z-Arts, Hulme.

APPLICATION:
If you are interested in participating in this project, please send an email to Steve@SICKfestival.com with the following:

  • 3 questions you would like to ask someone older
  •  A line about what you would like to get out of being part of the show

If you have any questions and would like to discuss it further, please send an email to steve@sickfestival.com or call 07929020131. Deadline for submissions is 05th September