Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Double Bill

the vacuum cleaner


Please note Thursday's performance is now sold out and tickets for Friday and Saturday are only available through Tramway's Box Office - 0845 330 3501 (not online).

the vacuum cleaner


Mental is an autobiographical one-man performance staged in a bedroom for an intimate audience. Spanning 13 years of the artist’s adult life, the story follows the turbulent experience of mental illness, suicide, social isolation, stigma, police and corporate surveillance and the dynamics of power present in such contexts.
Using the Data Protection Act, the vacuum cleaner has reclaimed all of the information that the State holds on him. Psychiatric records, police intelligence files and social services reports are woven together with personal stories and photographs that counter the ‘official’ version of events, creating a performance that is challenging and highly informative, at times tragically sad and at others profoundly

Mental has been acclaimed by audiences as a unique story and form, bringing together timely themes of undercover police and acute mental distress, told from a person that has lived through and survived such difficult challenges.
Mental was made with support from Arts Council England, Artsadmin and In Between Time.

Down The Rabbit Hole

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a new documentary dance theatre piece on the subject of eating disorders for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2013 (Festival). The audience is led in to a space in which carnival mirrors hang and the stage is marked out by fashion magazines…


Down the Rabbit Hole is a dynamic, Scottish-based theatre company that is carving a distinct path within the documentary dance theatre genre. It aims to raise awareness of mental ill health through entertainment has had sell-out shows in Glasgow for the last two years.

Festival Launch

On Thursday night, join us for a post-performance festival-launching gathering with the performers and the SMHAFF team, in the Tramway Café with a DJ set from indie promoters MILK Glasgow from 9.30 - 11pm. Everyone is welcome!