A truly unique performer will put on a truly unique show next weekend at Erin Art Centre.
Psychotherapist by day, comedienne by night, Liz Bentley will seek to uncover the truth about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in her show Crash Bash Trash on Saturday, October 5.
The twist is, she will be armed with a ukulele and Casio keyboard; Bentley is one of the quirkiest voices on London’s spoken word scene.
Entertaining audiences with poetry, stories and music, she is a sit-down comedienne, host, producer, and – in her own words – mother, psychotherapist and insomniac.
She has been enticed to the island by friend Debbie Morrissey, and the show will include a Q&A session with the audience.
Bentley was born in Essex in 1964 and moved to London at 21, and now lives in Peckham with her two children.
She sought psychotherapy at 23. Struggling with bulimia, drugs, relationships, abuse and the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, her therapy allowed her to be creative and provided a way of making sense of her difficulties.
During her analysis she trained as a counsellor, and she presently works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in primary care, has a private practice all alongside her touring performances on the spoken word scene.
Since winning a poetry competition in 2003, Liz’s writing and performance has gone from strength to strength, and she has been featured at events such as Ledbury Poetry Festival, London Literature Festival at Southbank and Alternative Village Fete, National Theatre.
She has had three successful Edinburgh shows, 2008 being in Edinburgh’s only swimming pool venue, a solo show then hosting over 100 other writers/performers in the pool.
Her experiences of mental health and multiple sclerosis have taken her into ‘disability arts’, performing at events such as Bonkersfest, Mad Pride, Mad Chicks, Liberty festival, Da Da festival and at therapy conferences.
‘£500 a line and other poems’ (the title of her latest book) is a tongue-in-cheek response to the pressure of winning a £5,000 writing commission from Shape (disability arts) as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
With funding help and support from performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes, her show CBT, Crash Bash Trash (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Can Tick Box/Can’t Tick Box) first hit the road in 2011.
Next week’s appearance at the Erin Arts Centre starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10, available from the centre in person, via email@example.com or 832662 or by calling Debbie on 420194.