Melancholy and Raving is a free monthly mental health inspired variety night in London, organised and hosted by community comic and former service user Kym Winstanley.

The catalyst for this was the overwhelmingly positive response to a World Mental Health Day event conceived by Kym in October 2014 with the support of some members of a local women’s group and someone from Alabama 3.

We provide a space for people with personal experience from either inside or outside the mental health system to share and connect through performance while also offering an opportunity for a few more established acts to showcase their material.

We meet 8pm – 10pm on the last Monday of the month in the upstairs dysfunction room at The Ship pub, 68 Borough Road, SE1 1DX. The 2020 dates are:

No January gig 25th May 28th September
24th February 29th June 26th October
30th March 27th July 30th November
27th April No August gig No December gig

The focus of the evening is solely on nurturing creative responses to individual experience. We are completely independent and rely entirely on donations to cover costs.