Part of Black Gold Arts Festival 2020
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One Woman is an hypnotic dreamscape, in which the audience, through binaural sound, is drawn inside the mind of a woman who grew up with severe depression and BPD as she tries to find the answer to who she was, how she came to be that person, who she might have been, and who she is now.  The audience is taken right to the heart of the most difficult memories, but in an allusive rather than hit-you-on-the-head-with-it kind of way; a way that ultimately transcends the past and points the way to different future, one in which the memories lose their grip, and with that loss, the power of the abuser fades.

The images, both verbal and visual, are beautiful.  The binaural sound, which wraps around each audience member individually in a protective cocoon, allows the audience to interact with the material on their own terms, while accessibility is built into the film by artistically organic text.

Cheryl will accompany the film with an introductory talk and a Q&A session.

Commissioned by Unlimited & The Wellcome Trust, 1st R&D Commissioned by Made at HOME Supported by Arts Council England & STUN .

About Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin is an older black lesbian disabled theatre artist who has won awards as both writer and director.

She wrote Contact’s I Am Because We Are, inspired by life-stories of black Africans living with HIV in Manchester. Her new solo show One Woman, Rand D-commissioned by Made at HOME, won an Unlimited Wellcome Collection Partnership Award. It has now become a digital-born film with binaural sound and is headed for several festivals.

Cheryl was lucky enough to be in British Council Australia’s INTERSECT 2019-2020 cohort, and 2020’s Culture Reset, which is trying to imagine where the UK arts sector goes post-Covid-19. Plus, she’ll be part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2020’s Take Care Programme.



One Woman, which deals with some of the reasons why Cheryl grew up with severe depression, is recommended for viewers aged 14+.

Trigger warnings for mentions of:  suicide, sexual and emotional abuse

Running time: 20 min digital film followed by 20 min Q and A

Tickets for this online event can be booked via the Contact Theatre website. After booking you will receive a Zoom link to join.

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