Tanya Myers

Inside Out of Mind: Using Drama to Raise Awareness of Dementia amongst NHS staff

Workshop

Based on extraordinary and extensive ethnographic research, Inside Out of Mind offers moving insight into the mysterious domain of dementia using theatrical devices to explore emotional legacy issues for carers and family. National Tour and post-show discussions finished April 15. Tanya will share theatre practice, audience feedback and open discussion (AV)

Biography

A graduate from Dartington College of Arts, Tanya Myers is actress/playwright and co- artistic director with playwright Stephen Lowe of MEETING GROUND Theatre. Over 30 years – they have collaborated with exciting multidisciplinary artists and celebrate an eclectic range of work both here in UK and Abroad.

Tanya’s written productions include ‘Small Waves’, (UK/Canada) ‘Falling Angels, ‘Dance for the Girls’, ‘Florence’,Shoes’, and award winning ‘For My Mother’ with Babel Sound. ‘Inside Out of Mind’; Her work is research based and focuses on life/death rites of passage. Methuen co- published - ‘The Fence’; devised and performed at Riverside Studios and Greenham Common US Base. ‘Story Chair’ – a response for children to 9:11 and ‘Pushing On’ – a large-scale street choreography for wheel and pushchairs. ‘City of Women’ - documentary about women in the Nottingham lace trade (ITV)

 As Actress: In Stephen Lowe’s productions, Tanya’s performances include ‘Smile’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Demon Lovers’. For many years - in close collaboration with her mentor - Polish Director - Zofia Kalinska - productions include: ‘The Sale of The Demonic Women’, ‘Plaisirs D’Amours’, ‘Night of the Great Season’ (UK, Germany, Poland, Italy). Tanya and Stephen are original participants of ‘War Stories’ work with Jonathan Chadwick - A-Z Theatre

 Other work includes: ‘Masterpieces’, ‘Sunday’s Children’, ‘Touched’, ‘Tales Of Robin Hood’, ‘Be My Baby’ (Derby Playhouse), ‘Quarantine’ (Birmingham Rep) ‘Glamour’, ‘Children of the Crown’, ‘Toms Midnight Garden’, ‘Crimes of Passion’, ‘Teeth Like Razors’ (Brecht/Weil) and ‘The Promise’ (Nottingham playhouse.) ‘Don Juan Who?’ (Mladinsko Theatre Slovenia & Riverside Studios) ‘Twilight Dancer ‘(Bedford – The Place)

 Recent Films include: ‘Soul-Mate’ (dir Axelle Carolyn) ‘Back To The Garden’ (dir Jon Sanders) - a meditation on love and loss in later life. ‘Control’ (dir Anton Corbyn), ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ (dir by Jim Loach), ‘Skeletons’ (dir Nick Whitfield,) ‘24:7’, ‘Small Time’ and ‘Room for Romeo Brass’ – (dir Shane Meadows.) ‘The Trick’ (dir Rob Green)

TV includes: The Bill, (ITV) Casualty, Holby City, (BBC) HeartBeat (BBC) Dr Terrible’s House of Horribles,( Baby Cow) Coronation Street, (ITV) Emmerdale,( ITV) The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper,(YTV) The Marchioness (BBC) Silent Witness (BBC)

Under the pseudonym Juanita MacMahon - Tanya is a prolific reader for Audio Books - Her favorites include ‘Fingersmith’, ‘Tipping the Velvet’ by Sarah Waters and ‘War Crimes’ by Liz Jenson. French and Mottershead’s current European installation   - ‘AfterLife’ - an audio narrative, set in Woodland – takes people on a poetic journey beyond their own death (funded by The Welcome Foundation)

She is a member of International Magdalena Festival, a senior fellow of Institute of Mental Health at University of Nottingham and member of SGI-UK.