Ringing phones. Menacing deadlines. Expectations. Decisions. Is this what anxiety is about?How do we work with it? It is estimated that approximately one in ten teenagers and two in five adults suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind. Drama can be a way out.

As part of their 5th Anniversary Season, Studio 18 invited practitioners Kostas Papamatthaiakis and Johnathan Tweedie, whose combined repertoire features drama, movement and musical theatre, to work alongside mental health professional Sunaina Attard, who studied neuroscience and educational psychology.

In three days of workshops, the experts will work towards empowering actors, educators, practitioners and young creatives to explore anxiety disorders, their triggers and their treatment. In this light, Studio 18 is working in collaboration with the #StopStigma campaign that raises awareness about mental health.

Set up after Malta’s successful bid for Valletta to be the European Capital of Culture 2018, Studio 18 has been working with young creatives to build a culture in which art is not only about a piece or a performance, but serves as an expression of being an individual and a member of a community. Studio 18 operates from The Box on Triq Znuber in Mosta, a dynamic space where creative-minded people and artists meet to collaborate.

The workshops will take place from the 20th to the 22nd July. For more information or to book a place, send an email to operations.studio18@gmail.com