Please meet Anita. Previously a fifteen year old prostitute, she is now locked in an old fashioned repressive mental hospital and all her mental health symptoms have come to light. She is a character I played in the new show “wEight Off My Shoulders”, directed by Gabriele Paoli and produced by the Italian Cultural Centre of Bristol. I think that it represented a society that would rather define individuals as suffering from mental health conditions than focusing on the societal pressures that make those symptoms come to light. I loved working with some very talented, female (and 1 male) actors I learnt a lot from all of them, including some wonderful acting tips and some enlightening examples of how to be a good human being! Each woman had a ten (plus) minute monologue, this was storytelling at its most bleak and grotesque.