Four different stories in Four different places, each developed from the ‘local’ story and told through Kathak and physical theatre to create a compelling exploration of mental health.

A new work by the critically acclaimed Kathak choreographer Amina Khayyam, The Hum in My Heartis a unique regional project giving voice to issues of mental health in communities when there is no word to describe it, where shame and social stigma follow it, where no one is willing to acknowledge it.

Developed in marginalised and disenfranchised communities across Woking, Birmingham, Luton and Tower Hamlets and working with women who are beginning to confront the social stigma of mental health, the evening’s performances incorporate real life experiences in a collection of photography, spoken word, dance, poetry and dance experiences taking over the various spaces at the Hat Factory to tell a story unique to Luton.

Arrive at 5.30pm on Thurs 13th February to experience a series of stories, monologues, performances and installations ahead of Amina Khayyam’s riveting piece at 7.45pm.

Can’t make the Thursday evening? Join us from 11am on Wednesday 12th February for a snapshot of selected performances for only £2. Click here for more information.

Please note that performances will explore themes that may be distressing around mental health and wellbeing.

Age Guidance: 16+

Running Time: 270 minutes


  • Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at