Lauren Nicole Whitter // Artist // SLAP
A word frequently used to describe women of colour is resilience.
“Lets inspire a new dialogues
and a new way of thinking in how we approach these issues.”
Lauren Nicole Whitter, is a black British actress, , born in Sheffield, but moved to Nottingham as a child. Lauren studied drama at Manchester Metropolitan University, writing her dissertation on Suzi- Lori Parks and her play ‘The Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World’. After graduating Lauren went to London to study physical theatre. Later returning to Nottingham to develop her art, exploring her own experiences into autobiographical writing and bitter-sweet poetry. Lauren Nicole Whitter has been an associate artist for Gecko Theatre Company, recently performed with the Tmesis Theatre Company and participated in a project with dancer Lucy Suggate
“Mental” is a short monolog of poetry and physical theatre movement about the push/pull of depression. Coming from a strong black community, discussing mental health issues is considered uncouth. Acting a clown, hiding away the pain, secrets, sick days and a mannequin feller that fell apart more times than I did today… black sheep… don’t fit in and dark clouds hover on days like this. In addition to tackling the everyday challenges of health, family, employment and identity, women of colour have to navigate a world with rampant sexism and racism.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women in the uk are;
3–6 times more likely to be admitted to mental health units than average
more likely to be compulsorily admitted
Less likely to be admitted to women’s crisis houses
Less likely to be referred to talking therapies
Information gathered from Imkaan – A UK-based, Black feminist organisation. The only UK-based, second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME).