Project Description


In Her Shadows  – Aerial Performance      

In Her Shadows is a dance-mindscape piece, featuring aerial and physical theatre and supported by stunning visual projections and haunting music.   A visual performance that explores a young woman’s relationship with the complexity of her depression whilst challenging the stigmas that surround it.
Toured across Scotland as part of the ‘Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival’ & DanceLive in October 2015

In Her Shadows gained a lot of media attention during their tour including a visit from the duke and duchess of Cambridge.  This included coverage from;

BBC, ITV, Hello Magazine, US Hello, STV news, Evening Times, Evening Telegraph, STV news, The Scotsman, Press & Journal, The Courier, The Standard, Scotland Now, Daily Mail, The Herald & The Mirror.

In Her Shadows Team

A Blank Canvas & Jabuti Theatre

  • Co-creator & Performers:  Debbie Robbins & Rachael Macintyre
  • Director:  Cora Bissett
  • Visual Artist:  Robbie Thompson
  • Lighting Designer:   Simon Wilkinson
  • Rigger:  Imogen Michel
  • Composer:  Ewan Macintyre
  • Dance consultant:  Ethelinda Lashley
  • Aerial consultant:  Fred Deb
  • Production Manager:  John Wilkie
  • Technical Lighting on tour:  Andrew Green
  • Photographer:  daniel lacasta fitzsimmons
  • Filmographer:  Ray Bird

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown their support for an innovative Scottish festival which is challenging preconceived ideas about mental health during a visit to Dundee.

The Cambridges met the staff and crew behind a moving and thought-provoking piece, In Her Shadows, a visual performance that explores a young woman’s relationship with her depression – and highlights the stigmas surrounding the illness.”

“In Her Shadows is to be applauded. Not only does it bring depression out into the open, but it also suggests a means of coping with it”

Kelly Apter

Journalist, The Scotsman

“Today I learnt a new language, a language full of vigour and candour, which beautifully portrays the hugeness of depression, and tenderly soothes and nurtures at the same time. In Her Shadows is fantastic. Words fail me.”

Tom Grayson


“I was mesmerised and loved it, came in feeling fractured but that gently shifted like art heals the inner struggle.   Congratulations on such a beautiful and beguiling performance”  Anonymous

“Her [Jenny Lindsay] mercurial words, echoed in the dance sequences (choreographed by Ethelinda Lashley), resonate with hopes, glooms and defiant grit – a bravura end to a valiant show.T

The Herald

I would highly recommend this show to gain a deeper understanding of depression. FIVE STARS

Mumble Dance

“The poem, the movement, the music and the lighting all combine to create a poignant piece which bravely tackles a difficult subject.”

TV Bomb