Installation: The Last Taboo of Motherhood?
Fuel presentsCommissioned by Fuel and Warwick University
Part of Chester Literature Festival 2023
How do women tell their own stories about their mental distress?
The Last Taboo of Motherhood? is an installation illuminating an area of women’s health which has been historically overlooked: postnatal mental illness.
Brought together by Alison Neighbour’s captivating design, the piece contains three audio plays written by Courtney Conrad, Bryony Kimmings and Sara Shaarawi that break the pervasive culture of silence around maternal mental health. The project draws on groundbreaking research led by Professor Hilary Marland, with Dr Kelly Couzens and Dr Fabiola Creed, and is informed by a variety of historical sources, including first hand testimonies from and by women in twentieth-century Britain. The Last Taboo of Motherhood? probes vital questions about women’s experiences.
Creative Team Writers: Courtney Conrad, Bryony Kimmings and Sara Shaarawi Researchers: Professor Hilary Marland, Dr Kelly Couzens and Dr Fabiola Creed Installation designer: Alison Neighbour
Sound Designer: Dinah Mullen
Audio director: Francesca Murray-Fuentes
Find out more about the installation at a free talk with the creatives on Sunday 19 November. More information and booking here.
Free (drop in)