Summer Camp For Broken People is a semi-autobiographical one-woman show that combines text, video and movement. It’s based on diary entries, letters and essays Emily wrote during her time at The Priory <a psychiatric hospital>.
‘After a violent sexual assault, a 40-something single mum thinks she’s ‘fine’ until an unexpected email sends her spiralling into a serious mental health crisis. During her hospitalisation the #MeToo movement hits and suddenly she faces a world of two halves – being believed and not being believed.’
As a single mum, with a long-term mental health disability, raising a child on Universal Credit, Emily’s voice is often overshadowed and underheard. However, her story is also every woman’s – every woman who’s crossed the road, put her keys between her fingers, found herself being extra polite, or was forced to catalogue a lifetime of experiences in the harsh light of #MeToo.
After a varied creative and corporate career, this Emily’s debut performance work, fuelled by the need to speak the unspeakable in an act of catharsis, protest & solidarity.
‘Summer Camp’ shines a light into the darkest of places, it makes you laugh and then punches you in the gut. This is a bold, brave show about how mental illness infects our lives, our capacity for pain and, ultimately, what it takes to put a shattered spirit back together.