Hidden Women is a series of short monologues from writers and performers from across Scotland exploring personal themes experienced by women in their 50's - taking us beyond what people see, hear or take at face value - including, sandwich society, dating, careers, fitting in, media pressure and empty nest.

Hidden Women premiered as part of Beacon Arts Centre’s Digital Programme, Beacon Connect, on Thursday 26 November, 7pm.


Post Show Q & A

Thu 26 Nov, 8pm

Join In Motion Theatre's Creative Director Lisa Nicoll, Maeve Grindall from See Me Scotland, Beacon Arts Centre and the writers on Zoom for a post show Q & A about the process, the monologues performed and how theatre can allow us to tell stories that aren't often heard.

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About Hidden Women

Women in their 50's are identified as having a particular set of pressures and life experiences that may take a sudden toll on their mental health but they are under-represented in the media, with these issues and experiences often being overlooked.

In Motion Theatre partnered with See Me Scotland, the national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, to offer a set of short online writing sessions and live Zoom workshops to create a series of short, five-minute monologues to be performed by professional actors.

This writing process provided space and support for women in this age group to create individual pieces of writing to express their own mental health issues through fictionalised monologues.  The writers were guided through writing sessions and workshops by playwright and creative director of In Motion Theatre Lisa Nicoll. 

The pieces are performed by Lubna Kerr (Two Doors Down BBC Scotland, Scot Squad - Comedy Unit), Helen Logan (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Local Hero - Lyceum Theatre Ed/Old Vic), Kirtsy Miller (Tron 100 Festival, BBC Radio Drama - various), Rachel Ogilvy (F*ched.com Traverse, You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Paines Plough/ Oran Mor) and Emily Winter (Dundee Rep Ensemble).

“We are delighted to have ‘Hidden Women’ feature as part of our digital programme ‘Beacon Connect’, and to host the premiere on our Facebook page. This project allows us to build on our previous work with In Motion Theatre and provides a welcome opportunity to join with See Me Scotland to bring further awareness to the messages featured in the new work.  We are sure that the theme of Hidden Women will resonate with our audiences and help create positive and open conversations around mental health”.

- Pauline Kane, Theatre Director

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