Let’s Talk About It!

Our Story


SICK! Festival faces up to the complexities of mental and physical health. We present an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from researchers, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues we address. Themes are explored through many art forms – dance, theatre, film, spoken word – and through discussion and debate. We present and commission powerful, innovative and engaging work by artists from across Manchester, the UK and the world.  We take the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most as well as major cultural venues.
SICK! Festival has grown and evolved since 2013, emerging from reflections on our own lives and the lives of people around us to embrace issues of wider significance for communities and deep importance for individuals. We are constantly guided by those communities and individuals, who ground our work in real-life experience, huge knowledge and immense understanding of the sensitivities of emotive issues. All too often these subjects are kept away from public view and debate. We exist to change that.


Our Team 

Helen Medland

CEO/Artistic Director

Tim Harrison

Creative Director

Steve Vickers

Creative Producer

Zoe Martinez

Head of Operations

Anne Nwakalor

Marketing & Comms Officer

Hannah Hills

Festival Production Assistant


Paul Ferry

Duncan Craig

Prof. Sandeep Ranote

Alka Ruia

Joe Strickland

John McLuckie



SICK! Festival are looking for theatre technicians to support for sound and lighting with events in Manchester across May. There is a range of work available, and is paid at £120 per day. If you have any questions, please contact tom@tomrobbinsproduction.com

Please apply by sending your CV to tom@tomrobbinsproduction.com by 28th April



SICK! Productions is looking for a dynamic and proactive individual who will work with us to build on our successes and support our expanding global and local activity. With a secure foundation in place, and the presentation of our Festival in May 2022, this is an exciting time to join our ambitious and creative organisation.

We’re looking for a dynamic and inspirational individual to join us, to work closely with our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach. We’re looking for someone who brings experience of financial managementbusiness planning, HR and general office management, who is also passionate about, and interested in, the areas in which SICK! operates – arts, health, diversity, community development and international work.

Find out more and how to apply: HEAD OF OPERATIONS



We are looking for 6 people to participate in the creation and presentation of Ejaculation Falls, exploring their experiences or inexperiences of sex and pleasure.

For two weeks in May, performance-maker and director Essi Rossi will work with the group to shape a new performance that will be co-presented by SICK! Festival and the Sexuality Summer School (University of Manchester) in the week commencing 23rd May.

We are seeking 6 people of all ages, 18 to anything, with a wide range of gender identities, with different sexual identities and experiences, from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds

Find out more and how to get involved: EJACULATION FALLS



Do you care about Moston, Harpurhey or Charlestown? We are looking for 8-10 community ambassadors to help us connect with the neighbourhood

Term: One year fixed term. Monthly group meetings for 12 months

We will offer a £75 contribution for your time each month

You will attend monthly meetings to discuss issues that are important in the area, help us come up with new ideas and look at how we communicate with the wider community.

Find out more about the process and how to apply: GET YOUR VOICE HEARD! BECOME AN AMBASSADOR



Have you been personally affected by the Menopause? Do you think it’s something we don’t talk about enough? Would you like to join voices with others who have similar experiences?

You will need to be available to attend  6 rehearsal sessions from late March-April. The work will be performed over the weekend of 7 & 8th May at sites across Manchester.

Composers Tosin Akindele and Sibylle Aeberli will gather experiences and lead rehearsals of the new songs, creating a community choir like no other.

Find out more about the process and how to apply: MENOPAUSE BUS CALL OUT