Bria Lovegrove, Soprano, on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S1:E16)

You can listen to Episode 16 with bria lovegrove here!

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Welcome to 2021, things are about to get fiery… Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are delighted to start off the New Year with a bang by chatting to Bria Lovegrove (née Kelly), a soprano whose Masters dissertation was on the impact of tragedy in opera. She shares her experience of how training as a professional classical singer affected her mental health, visiting areas such as perfectionism, self-medicating, the impact on her bank balance and the “grin and bear it” culture she experienced at conservatoire. Do the classical arts glamorise mental ill health?

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Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: Help Musicians UK; help with substance abuse here and here; OCD-UK.

⚠️ CW: anxiety, depression, alcohol as coping mechanism, perfectionism & OCD. Plus a few F bombs, but in our defence, we were pretty PO’ed.

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Bria Lovegrove, soprano

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Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis,
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license:
If you’re affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please do not be afraid to seek support. Help is available. The NHS website has a great directory to get you started.
A quote from Bria Lovegrove, opera singer: 'In classical music, we have this straitjacket of what "perfection" is.'
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Sinqueerly Lucy | BPD, Boundaries & Bertie the Cat with LUCY DICKSON The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts

Performer/producer & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfan, Lucy Dickson, joins us to chat about her experiences as a queer artist and activist with BPD/ Emotional Dysregulation Disorder. We talk about taking back narratives in and through musical theatre, kissing girls, Spoon Theory, ableism, having therapy over Zoom and much more. Stay tuned for a special Pam-themed gratitude segment. Find Lucy online: @lucysayssmile. Her production company, Queerly Productions, is @QueerlyProd on Twitter. You can watch the show, Sinqueerly Me, on YouTube! CW: brief mention of suicide (28:30 – 29:15); BPD conversation is from 19 – 33 mins. Also please note there's a minor spoiler for Crazy Ex Girlfriend at the 22 min mark! Skip that minute if you're on Season 1. *** Things mentioned in the podcast: Meg McGrady, Lucy's co-producer & 'enby icon' Online productions: Pride series with MP theatricals Watch Signal (produced by Adam Lenson) online Rikki Beadle-Blair (Team Angelica) – @RikkiBB on Twitter & Insta Susie McKenna (Associate Director at The Kiln) – @McKennaSusie on Twitter Sharon D Clarke (Caroline, or Change)  Spoon Theory! Original article by Christine Miserandino  Crazy Ex Girlfriend is available to watch on Netflix & HBO – My Diagnosis song about BPD; also check out this great article about BPD as described by CXGF songs! BPD/EDD stigma as described by Harvard Health & by BPD patients themselves Cruel Intentions (1999) BPD/EDD as modern-day hysteria?: a think-piece MBT = mentalisation-based therapy DBT = dialectical behavioural therapy @makedaisychains's Boring Self Care series Hangxiety Victoria Wood – Pam & The Ballad of Barry and Freda — Send in a voice message:
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