THE TRAUMA SHOW
I designed the sound for this show, written and performed by Demi Nandhra. The latest, in a series of semi-autobiographical works, that explore Demi’s lived experience of mental health issues as a neurodivergent artist.
“Have you ever trauma dumped? TikTok tells me this show might do that but don’t worry we can just trauma bond”
Demi is obsessed with trauma, childhood trauma, naming it, analysing it, healing from it, and getting-on-stage-to-perform-it. That last one might be a trauma response but you can decide that. Having entered her 30’s Demi expected to be more whole, more healed, to not still feel like a child. Because trauma lives in the body and the body keeps the score, and we all know what that means. Disclaimer: Demi doesn’t know what that means.
The Trauma Show explores the impacts of adverse childhoods, making a show and dance out of it, mourning our little selves, ‘therapise’ culture and how TikTok can heal us all.
The Trauma Show opened at Battersea Art Centre 26-29 April 2023. Further performances include Cambridge Junction 26 May and Fierce Festival 2023. The Trauma Show was selected for the Horizon Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023, Summerhall.
Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, In Good Company (mid-career commission), Cambridge Junction (with support from New Ideas Fund) and Contact Theatre, in association with Fierce Festival. Co-commissioned by Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nonsuch Studios.
Supported by Unlimited, Arts Depot, Jerwood 1:1 fund, Jerwood New Work Fund, Another Route, Belgrade Theatre, University of Worcester, Arts Council England