Unkindest Cut


  • Oxfordshire Science Festival

Project summary

We will coordinate six UK science festivals and a touring dance and digital installation that explores experiences of mental health (MH), with a specific focus on deliberate self-harm (DSH).

Each festival will work with people in the MH community before and after the event. We will put on multiple performances of Unkindest Cut inside a customised shipping container, with local additions for each festival. There will also be discussion events with local researchers and practitioners. 

We aim to stimulate a change in people’s perceptions of MH and DSH and help people talk about mental health. Our target audience is 12-25-year-olds with diagnosed MH issues or a risk of DSH, their support network as well as people with concerns about MH or DSH.