Clowning, Creativity and C-PTSD on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S1:E5)

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'Which Tree Were You at Drama School?' | Processing Trauma through Comedy with Mouncealot The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts

Episode 5 of #InvisiblePodcast brings you an interview with London-based actor and our 'resident clown', Kate Mounce, AKA Mouncealot. Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose enjoy a fun and meaningful chat about the art of clowning, CPTSD and BPD, laughing at vs. laughing with, trauma and its effects on the body, navigating vulnerability in performance, and making work that comes from your deepest, raw self. All in about half an hour. Who says we're not having a productive quarantine? You can find Mouncealot online at @mouncealot83 and via her theatre company, Beside Ourselves Collective (@besideourselves on Instagram and TikTok). If you are looking to create a performance about or inspired by your own mental health journey, Invisible Cabaret offers 1:1 workshop sessions. Email invisiblecabaret@gmail.com for more details. Things mentioned in the podcast: Beside Ourselves Collective (see above) – devised theatre collaboration between LISPA trained Kate Mounce and Fourth Monkey graduate Eleanor Young. C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) LISPA (now arthaus.berlin) École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques LeCoq Recommended reading: 'Waking the Tiger' by Peter Levine (about somatic experiencing and psychological trauma). *** Be in the next episode of #InvisiblePodcast! Tweet or DM us with what you're grateful for this week, or – better still – send us a voice message! The Invisible Cabaret Podcast is all about mental health and creativity. Invisible Cabaret is a cabaret and burlesque troupe devoted to raising mental health awareness, founded by Rosie Verbose and Ferrero Rochelle. When the world's not in a global pandemic, Invisible Cabaret makes burlesque and cabaret shows all about mental health. Think vaudeville variety, dance, original music, comedy, poetry and more. You can see some clips of Invisible Cabaret in action on YouTube.  With thanks to: Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod  License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Photo credit: Richard McKenzie, AKA The Burly Photographer Find more Invisible Cabaret on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message

Episode 5 of #InvisiblePodcast brings you an interview with London-based actor and our ‘resident clown’, Kate Mounce, AKA Mouncealot. Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose enjoy a fun and meaningful chat around the subject of mental health and the art of clowning. Firstly, what is C-PTSD? Is that different to BPD? Is there a difference between laughing at vs. laughing with? What about trauma and its effects on the body? How on earth do you navigate vulnerability in performance, and making work that comes from your deepest, raw self? In this, we will tackle all of the above. All in about half an hour. Who says we’re not having a productive quarantine?

Mouncealot performing her act about C-PTSD at an Invisible Cabaret show. She is stood on stage with her arms flung wide, wearing a pair of red pasties and is halfway through removing a cumbersome bodysuit.
Mouncealot in action – Photo credit: Richard McKenzie, AKA The Burly Photographer

You can find Mouncealot online at @mouncealot83 and via her theatre company, Beside Ourselves Collective (@besideourselves on Instagram and TikTok).

Things mentioned in the podcast:

If you enjoyed this episode, you might like to hear more about the subject of trauma. As such, you might like our episode about trauma therapy and art with illustrator Elyssa Rider. If you’d like more conversation about BPD, check out our episodes with Lucy Dickson and Victoria Rose!
Quote from clown & cabaret performer Mouncealot: 'One of the defining factors of my experience of trauma... The frontal part of my mind was oblivious, but the back part of my mind was in a lot of distress, so it was like my body was talking to me in very strange, and at the time, unreadable ways.'
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With thanks to: Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk

Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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[With C-PTSD, I experienced] this temporary loss of control, and lots of trauma experts talk about this: the body needs to release the chemicals that get stored during traumatic events and so what happens, particularly to animals in the wild, is they will shake after a traumatic event. There’s something around that, I think, in what can happen to a person when they have a deeply repressed experience of something traumatic. So the piece is very much an attempt to kind of externalise that experience, and I think really, it took me roughly about ten years to make that piece, on and off. It had different manifestations at different points in time, and it wasn’t really until getting involved in the Cabaret and working on it with you guys that it became what is now, which I think is kind of like, it’s become conscious in a way! Like, before, it was like an unconscious idea that was trying to find its way out, and with your help, with your very brilliant eyes on it, it’s become its own entity, I think.

mouncealot on her first act with Invisible Cabaret

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