• Barking Tales - Mental health themed comedy and storytelling night

    Barking Tales is a safe-space storytelling and comedy night running the 1st Wednesday of every month. Each show is a chilled social event in a cosy, acoustic venue serving hot and cold soft drinks and other snacks from our tuck shop. The lineup of comedians perform material about their own mental health experiences which is enjoyed by regular, friendly and welcoming attendees (affectionately known as Barkies), many of whom are neurodivergent and/or manage their own mental health challenges. For many Barkies, it’s the only social event they feel comfortable enough to go to and is an integral part of their monthly routine and social life. The Barking Tales format has been taken to theatres, universities, and festivals as well as it's regular home in Greater Manchester. The line-ups are impressive with most acts having been on shows such as Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Russell Howard’s Good News. At an Edinburgh Fringe Festival special in 2019 Russell Howard himself was on.

    Contact for further details: Harriet Dyer

    Day: Wednesday
    Time: Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 8pm and finishes around 10.30pm.
    Frequency: Monthly
    Cost: Free

    Professional Referral:
    Self Referral:
    Accessible for disabled people: Yes
    Accessible for people with language needs: No

    About the host organisation

    Hosted by: The Upstanding Citizens Bureau
    Organisation Profile:

    The Upstanding Citizens Bureau is a new creative mental health and wellbeing community group and venue located in Oldham, off Shaw Rd.

    The UCB provides a safe space for people to meet-up, spend time with likeminded folk, and work on projects together.

    The space can be used for counselling, running workshops and focus groups, fleeing turbulence, attending peer-support meet-ups, acessable events such as Barking Tales comedy night and other forms of entertainment peacefully and safely.

    The Upstanding Citizens Bureau uses people’s experiences as expertise - It is owned and ran by the communities that it benefits and it is a disabled person lead non-profit. We work alongside organisations that have a positive impact in peoples futures; building a network for peer a support and utilisation.