Written and Directed by Maya Shimmin. Co-Produced by Fable Workshop.
Can one pill really change everything? How does it feel to slowly lose your mind?
Over 3.5 million women, trans and non-binary people are on the contraceptive pill in the UK, yet this topic is something which is rarely talked about or presented onstage. Dosage aims to challenge the silence surrounding the side-effects of the contraceptive pill by presenting a platform to showcase and discuss experiences.
Using live sound design, live film, spoken word, the performance explores what living in an alternate reality with mental health feels like, how to keep calm and carry on and what ‘survival’, ‘recovery’ and ‘hope’ really look like for someone once they’ve been through trauma.
In 2021 DOSAGE undertook a Research and Development period as part of the Theatre Deli Residency Programme. You can watch a trailer and interview discussions from that process over on the right of this page. During that time we worked with numerous specialists and other creatives to help develop the project.
We are looking to tour the project in 2023. If you are interested in booking the production then please contact us for details and a tour pack.
Writer/Director: Maya Shimmin
Actor: Klara Kaliger
Sound Design: Eliza Willmott
Visual and Lighting Design: Virginie Serneels
Supported by: Theatre Deli, Arts Council England, The Yellow
Wellbeing Support: Lou Platt from Artist Wellbeing
Contraceptive Consultant: Sim Sesane a Contraceptive Nurse
Workshop Development: Kyanne Smith
Psychiatric Consultants: Georgia Crockford and Benny Lewis
National Youth Theatre Collaborators: Rosie Cunnew, Rachael Kingsland, Millie Whittam, Elizabeth Connick, Emily Evans, Gracia Stredder
Photos by Amanda Rose Photography
Videos by Ben Hewis Videography