Creative workshops exploring mental health  

Do you have lots of ideas?
Do you have something to say and want a platform to say it?
Do you enjoy creating and expressing yourself
through drama?
Do you want to write or create something that means something?
Are you looking to develop your skills in a supportive and creative environment? 

We will host an exciting and FREE programme of 4 creative workshops (Dates and times listed below) to support approximately 10 young people (ages 12-18) to explore the theme of mental health and wellbeing though drama, performance and writing.  

The creative workshops will give participants the chance to develop creative ideas or writing around the theme of mental health. Working with 2 experienced drama practitioners, participants have the chance to explore the subject through creative workshops and exercises and encouraged to develop their ideas in whatever form they choose. Some might prefer to record their pieces as opposed to writing in the more traditional sense. Participants will be given one to one support to develop their ideas in whatever form they choose. Using drama as a starting point they will investigate what they think is to blame for Scotland’s increasing mental health crisis in young people.  

Who I will be working with?  

Originally from Essex, Nick is a theatre maker and director based in Glasgow after training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. An experienced deviser regularly working across Scotland and England, his most recent play, How To Save The World…ish (produced by Beacon Arts Centre, YTAS and Traverse Theatre), was described by The Herald as “a life-affirming allegory about fighting for what you believe and about resistance in the face of mass selfishness”. Other work has been seen at the Mercury Theatre, The Tron Theatre, Aberdeen Performing Arts, and on BBC Arts Online.  

Nick has worked as an assistant director to Gari Jones, Tony Casement, and Dee Evans at Mercury Theatre, Colchester, as well as Graham McLaren on Dream On! and other works in progress, and Andy McGregor. He most recently worked as the director on the ACE-supported development of Satellites by Natalie Songer. Nick teaches and directs regularly for youth theatre across Scotland. 

‘I am to tell exciting stories that capture the imagination, encourage reflection and curiosity in how we live and encourage reflection and curiosity in how we live, and spark conversation between us all about the complicated issues we experience outside the theatre’  

Stephanie came through PACE herself before studying BA(Hons) Performance at University of the West of Scotland. She is currently studying her Masters in Playwriting & Dramaturgy at Glasgow University. Aside from her studies Stephanie is a freelance facilitator/writer/director and part of our core PACE artistic team. Stephanie has also extensively worked with young people with additional support needs. 

What are the workshop dates? 
The workshops will take place in Spires Drama Studios on the following dates and you should be available for all workshops. Workshops will run from 6pm to 9pm and food/drinks will be provided.  

Tuesday 23 April    
Tuesday 7 May
Tuesday 14 May
Tuesday 21

Saturday 25 /Sunday 26 May (Optional)  

At the end of the writing workshops, participants will be invited to share their pieces at Open Mind Fest (Youth Mental Health Arts Festival) which takes place 25/26 May at Paisley Arts Centre. This is an optional event.  

You do not need any experience to attend – just an open mind and an interest exploring the subject of mental health in a creative way.

Please complete the registration form HERE. Please note places are limited.

Limited travel bursaries available.

If you require any more information or would like any support with the registration process then please get in touch with  

Supported by Darlington Design Lab.