Project Description


How can we nurture our collective sanity? Desperate to Stay On the Ball, a recovering mum and sleep-deprived teat attempts to…finish a sentence. Unable to reach her sister Ophelia, who wrestles sometimes with a cataract on what Shakespeare calls the mind’s eye, she performs a pillow-book-style story of perspectives.

Once upon a time….
I don’t have time

“There were so many points of traction and heart-opening in your performance, more than I can sum up here, but the main one I’m pondering is around “LOIP”…Thank you for making this kind of pain and process visible, I really appreciate it, and want you to know how important this work is. With gratitude.”
Audience member via email, Dumfries & Galloway

“I really appreciated having something cultural to go to which was aimed at us parents but accommodated our babies- it’s depressingly rare!”
– Audience member via email, Edinburgh

“Basically it was about my life… the insight in that show was amazing… for somebody who has seen both sides, as a worker and as a patient, I think that was the most honest, actually complimentary almost, portrayal of mental health I’ve ever seen. I don’t know Skye’s background, I don’t know if she has actually been locked up with her rights removed, ahhhhm but if she hasn’t, respect to her because I don’t know anybody who could write something like that who hasn’t actually seen it from the inside.”
– Audience member, post-show in a 20-minute interview, Dumfries & Galloway

Written feedback:

  • I’ve found a friend
  • “Very moving and I don’t have a child.”
  • “incredible performance. Realistic, humorous and poignant”
  • “very funny and sad”
  • “humorous. Light dark and deep. I related”
  • “Felt like a state like being a caught ball… gripping”
  • “confronting and strange in an engaging way.”
  • “could watch all day. Absolutely brilliant in such a unique way.”

An online version of Though This Be Madness, which was to have toured Scotland as part of this year’s SMHAF will be appearing this May. A theatre show set in a lounge room, Though This Be Madness features a recovering mum who is attempting to tell you many tales of sisterhood struggles with mental health. The show is now undergoing an experimental re-framing – supported by SMHAF – to see how it can be shared with other lounge rooms, live online. Skye will be sharing quirky, questioning process-bites along the way via SMHAF’s website.

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