Being a Difficult Woman was a series of workshops and courses designed and delivered by Imogen Palmer 2020 - 2022 which explored feminism through creative exercises, storytelling and improvisation.
In 2021, The Delight Collective was awarded funding from Bristol City Council's Originator's fund to deliver project 'Celebrating Difficult Women' with Breathing Fire (black women's playback theatre company). This project exploring the theme through workshops with local women's groups and charities.
Participants included One25, Pause Bristol, Women’s Aid Federation of England, Womankind, Self Injury Support, NextLink, Houria, and Sadaga womens group.
Additional clients have included schools and the Civil Service.
If you are interested in booking a workshop on this theme, please get in touch.
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‘
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 course or workshop. 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 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.
Find out more about past and current creative projects