30th April & 1st May 2021

The Menopause Cafe committee is pleased to announce that The Menopause Festival will be returning after the difficulties of 2020. Our schedule is being carried over from the one we planned in 2020, with nearly all the same people being involved. If you bought a ticket for #FlushFest2020 then you will be able to use it for #FlushFest2021.

This year we are switching venues to the Dewars Centre in Perth. This gives us a larger space to play with allowing for increased flexibility and numbers. The centre even has an ice-rink to help us keep cool. Location wise, we are right next to the railway station with onsite parking and easy bus access. Perth city centre is just a few minutes’ walk away.

The structure is roughly the same as last year with Menopause in the Workplace talks and discussions on Friday afternoon and the general celebration of all things menopause taking place on Saturday.

#FlushFest2021 is sponsored by Lindsays solicitors and Rowan Consultancy

Programme last updated: 2nd April 2020

Friday 30th April

12 noon

  • Registration
  • Menopause Marketplace with stalls
  • Buffet lunch

12.30pm – 5 pm

Menopause Cafe at Work Seminar
  • Festival Opening with Lord Provost Dennis Molloy
  • Helen Smith, Chief Inspector Greater Manchester Police
  • Kate Wyatt, employment lawyer, partner at  Lindsays
  • Darron Dupre, Regional Organiser UNISON Cymru Wales
  • Hilary Baxter Theatre based on Croydon Council women experiencing menopause at work
  • Group discussions, sharing good practice
  • Panel discussion with Q & A speakers plus Ruth Devlin, author of “Men … Let’s Talk Menopause

Participants will be sent a sample menopause policy in advance

7.30pm

Entertainment: Cabaret presented by Elspeth Murray of Silver Sisters

10pm onwards

Mingle in the bar


Saturday 1st May

9am onwards

  • Menopause Marketplace with stalls
  • Registration and workshop sign up

9.30am

Keynote Speaker: Sam Bunch writer, interviewer, TEDx speaker and author of “Menopause – A Hot Topic”

10.45am

Dr Heather Currie, Associate Specialist Gynaecologist,
Founder of Menopause Matters Limited, past Chair of British Menopause Society.   

12pm

Buffet lunch

1pm

Parallel Workshops

  • American Tribal Style Belly Dance ATS with Liz Box
  • “Thinking on your Feet” by Pauline Eyre
  • Sculpture with Sam Wellington

2.30pm

Tea Break

3 – 4.15pm

Parallel Workshops

4.15 – 5pm

Q&A with the speakers

7.30 – 9pm

Stand-up comedy: “All Change” with Pauline Eyre and Red Velvet Revelry Erotic Storytelling with Marie-Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty

9pm onwards

Mingle in the bar


FlushFest Evening Entertainment

Friday 20th April – Cabaret presented by Elspeth Murray

Silver Sister Singers: Rozi Thomson, Caroline Brown, Marie-Louise Cochrane, Elspeth Murray. Elspeth founded the Silver Sisters facebook group in 2008 which now has over 5,000 members and offers support to women of all ages from around the world who are embracing their natural silver hair and learning to love the changes that life brings. Rozi and Caroline are singers and musicians who also help administer the group, produced an international photographic collaboration for AdventFest 2019’s Dancing in the Dark exhibition and are working on a series of songs that encapsulate the challenges, risks and rewards of the silver sisterhood. 

Marie-Louise Cochrane, storyteller, writer and singer will share stories from “Raspberry Ripple‘ her research project which explores and celebrates women’s journeys into the second half of life. The project is ongoing and the audience will be invited to get involved. In conversation with Elspeth, Marie-Louise will also flag up the Red Velvet Revelry erotic storytelling experience that will be part of Saturday evening’s entertainment at #FlushFest2020.

Kath Burlinson presenting scenes from InVisible Lines: A Midlife Mystery Cycle, an intimate, daring odyssey to menopause and beyond. Kath is a theatre maker – director, performer, writer, workshop leader, mentor and founder of the Authentic Artist Collective. InVisible Lines was premiered at Assembly Roxy in March 2019 and will be part of the 2020 Audacious Women Festival at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. 

Christine Sparks is a veteran singer songwriter with a 36 year career as an entertainer who will perform songs from her album The Woman recorded in collaboration with Tom Fairnie. Christine is working on a solo album and creating a song cycle for a 2020 Fringe show, working title You’re Gonna Die. She heads up the Glasgow-based women’s choir “Utter: Raise Your Voice” and is leading sound and body workshops for International Women’s Day at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. 

Saturday 1st May – Comedy and Erotic Storytelling

“Thinking on your Feet” by Pauline Eyre

Pauline is caring for her kids and her elderly Mum. When everything changes and nobody needs her anymore, will there be any Pauline left? An hour of laughs and truths from a comedian in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Sold-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Audiences said:

“Beautifully crafted stand-up comedy.”

“Really honest and funny.”

“I laughed throughout & yet my pelvic floor’s stronger than ever!”

Red Velvet Revelry

Join “Revel Sisters” and Peri-Menopals Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty for an evening celebrating women and their sexuality, through stories, personal reflections, songs and poems and the power of knowing laughter.