'Scars, Not Wounds' | Sanity, Sensitivity and Sobriety with Theatre Maker, GUY WOOLF – The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts
This edition of our mental health and creativity flavoured podcast, we are joined by a stalwart friend of Invisible Cabaret: the multi-gifted, sickeningly talented Guy Woolf. Guy is an actor-director-composer-singer-advocate; you can see why he tends to go by ‘theatre maker’, just to save on hyphens. We chat with Guy about feeling his way through a career in the arts, checking and redressing privilege, and how his dog changed his life. Plus, Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose come unstuck whilst trying to make a furniture analogy, so look out for that.
⚠️ CW: alcohol abuse & addiction behaviours (18:30 – 21:50); brief mention of medical trauma (19:00 – 19:35).
Sometimes the material that would inform the character, that was all me. It’s all personal. But then… the material I would deliver would be things I would know were sustainable. You know, I think we have to be quite kind of blunt and honest with ourselves, and be like, ‘Can I do this every single night?’ And if you can’t, then don’t. Then you shouldn’t do it, because actually, I don’t think an audience wants to see that either.guy woolf on creating art from personal experience
THINGS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST:
- Episode with Bria
- Bryony Kimmings, British live artist
- Equity (you can hear more about how Equity helped troupe member Steph “Tootsie” De Whalley during lockdown in her episode)
- Michelle Ashton, part of Equity Young Members Committee; find her on Twitter @chelle_ashton
- Represent (Guy is Creative Director)
- Lutheran bad-ass Nadia Bolz-Weber; see the original Tweet Guy references here
- Heineken non-alcoholic beer (other 0% beers are available)
- Dogs & mental health: Guardian article
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Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk.
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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.
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