Director/Devisor, Joy Unspeakable is a site-specific, contemporary theatre piece. Staged in an intimately sized cafe, it is an up close and personal insight into the often hidden, inner world of bulimia and raises universal questions of identity and mental health, using a combination of physical storytelling and immersive soundscape.

Joy Unspeakable was presented in June 2016 as a Works-in-Progress piece at the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s REVEAL Season. In summer 2017 further development took place focused on the participation work connected with the piece. This was developed via ten Applied Theatre workshops exploring self-esteem, body image and eating disorders with over sixty young people and vulnerable adults in Bolton and Halifax who identified as having mental health difficulties. These workshops were facilitated in partnership with a number of organisations including Headspace Bolton, Bolton at Home, Bolton Lads and Girls Club and Orange Box.

Joy Unspeakable is now being developed further with a view to future touring.

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JU 4               JU 3

JU 5               JU 6

Cast and Creative Team

Director / Devisor / Producer – Amy Hailwood

Sound Design – Ian Martin

Assistant Choreographer – Jonn Oommen

‘Lucy’ – Julie Hill