In Development

Crazy Days Cafe

Two writers currently writing a feature length drama. A participatory project in partnership with organisations representing users/survivors of mental health services. Current Steering Group members are CAPS (The Consultation and Advocacy Promotion Service), Dr Steve Tilley (University of Edinburgh), Lothian Health and the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto. Crazy Days Cafe is no ordinary cafe; run by mad fold, it’s customers are mad folk – both those who like to think themselves sane and those who aren’t so sure. Based on real stories from users and survivors of the mental health system; this is an opportunity to her this funny and heart-breaking script read by professional actors. Through Crazy Days production TWS is concerned to explore ways in which the industrial processes of film production can be made accessible to cast and crew who are users and/or survivors of the mental health system.


Lucy Kaya – Lucy has an MA in screenwriting from The Screen academy Scotland and was a co writer of the award winning feature film :trouble Sleeping.” Lucy was selected for Scotland Writes (BBC new writers initiative,) the EIFF Talent Lab in 2012 and this year for Regard Croises, an international screenwriting programme

Adrienne Chalmers – Adrienne Chalmers became involved in the mental health service user movement in the early 1990s. She helped develop individual and collective advocacy in Edinburgh and beyond and was a leading campaigner for user-led crisis services. She was instrumental in the inclusion of a right of access to independent advocacy in the 2003 MH Act.

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The Gretna Project

This stage of the Gretna project aims to involve local residents of Leith in a creative enquiry about the Gretna disaster and its relevance for the area today. The project will produce a short film encompassing historical research, interviews, and possibly some drama. On 22 May 1915 some 1,000 officers and men of the 1st Battalion of the 7th Royal Scots Guards boarded two trains to Liverpool to continue their journey on to Gallipoli, a peninsula of European Turkey. Based at the Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, they were known as ‘Leith’s Own’. Most of the men aboard the doomed second train never made it farther south than Gretna Green.

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