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Raising Shame: Audio Experiences

'Hilarious, heart-warming, hard hitting.'

Anna Girvan

You are listening to an audio experience made by BRASH theatre, originally created for BRASH’s theatre performance, Raising Shame, which presented the real-life experiences of Newcastle’s young people to challenge period poverty and its brutal relationship with shame. The North East is one of the UK’s regions most affected by period poverty, at the hands of which many young people do not have access to period protection, support, or education. As we struggle through the COVID pandemic, this problem has only deepened. We would like to share some voices from the show with you now, adapted to audio, while we can’t meet in theatres, community settings, or schools.

Sanitary
Written & Directed by Bethan Kitchen
Performed by Sarah Boulter
Intro by Wambui Hardcastle
Produced by Lydia Brickland & Becca Johnston
Sound design by Roma Yagnik


 

The Teenager and the Tampon
Written & Directed by Bethan Kitchen
Performed by Sarah Boulter, Brogan Gilbert, & Melody Sproates
Intro by Wambui Hardcastle 
Produced by Lydia Brickland & Becca Johnston
Sound design by Roma Yagnik


 

Raising Shame was originally commissioned as part of a wider social action project, ‘Project M’ run by Streetwise Young People’s Project. This project was set up to fight period poverty in Newcastle by allowing young people to access free period products discreetly by visiting Streetwise and getting an ‘M-Card’. The service has been designed by young people for young people, and is inclusive and supportive. Anyone aged 11-25 is eligible and can get advice on issues relating to their periods.