Being a Difficult Woman*

Being a Difficult Woman*

14th June – 26th July

Tuesdays | 19:00-21:30

Do you catch yourself apologising all the time?

Are you scared to speak up in meetings, rehearsals or social situations?

Are you scared of being called, or have you ever been called ‘Difficult?’

In this 7-week in-person course, we embrace the term. Using a combination of discussion, personal reflection, improv games and exercises we explore and build a Difficult Woman toolkit to help us practice:

  • Expressing our views
  • Vocally supporting other women and oppressed groups
  • The art of not apologising for ourselves and making apologies matter
  • Our relationship with the word ‘no’ and respecting when others set their boundaries
  • Giving and receiving compliments

In the words of Audre Lorde:

‘Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier.’

*Please note: We are using an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘female’.
This event is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space which centres the experience of women. 

The topics will be explored with the supportive and non-judgmental facilitation of Imogen Palmer who will invite participants to engage in activities at their own pace and personally reflect on how they apply to their experiences, informed by intersectionality. This is an exploratory course with a facilitator (who holds space for participants to discuss and explore in a supported environment) not a teacher (who imparts knowledge from a position of authority). A Wellbeing Representative will be available for participants to reach out to if they experience any challenges during the course. 

Feedback from attendees

This may be the best course I have ever done in my life on any topic/skill. This was so meaningful and  felt entirely safe and supported by Imogen and my coursemates. Truly inspirational.’

As soon as the workshop finished I straightaway described to two friends how I enjoyed the workshop: it felt a really safe space and I was really happy to be listening to other womxn and their experiences while reflecting on my own. The workshop explored topics like people pleasing, apologising, female competition and boundaries. I found the exercises enjoyable and it gave me lots to think about.’

‘An empowering workshop in helping you reclaim/use your power through improvisation’

‘Awesome. Well structured, superbly led and very worthwhile.’

Fun activities focussing on key areas where we struggle as women and get in our own way‘

Class Details

Places are capped at 12.

About the Instructor

Imogen Palmer is the Theatre School Manager of The Bristol Improv Theatre and the Artistic Director of The Delight Collective. Shows include IMOGENÉ:the improvised pop concert (★★★★★ ‘IMOGENÉ is the loud, proud and unapologetic performer we all need right now’ – DIVA Magazine), The Bish Bosh Bash  (★★★★★ – Bristol 247) and International Women’s Day special ‘If These Walls Could Talk’.

‘Being a Difficult Woman’ workshops have been sponsored and developed by funding from Bristol City Council Originators Fund and run for organisations including the Civil Service, Bristol Women’s Voice, One25 and Womenkind.  Imogen has trained in trauma-awareness, active listening and empathy with Womenkind and has a Mental Health First Aid Certificate.  She has received mentoring and supervision from dramatherapist Holly Stoppitt during the development of this course.

You can find out more about The Delight Collective’s shows and classes on their website