In pictures: Warning: May Contain Nuts launch night
Breaking taboos and giving people something to smile about was the theme of a comedy night to launch a writing project in Reading.
BBC Radio Berkshire has teamed up with Company Paradiso on Warning: May Contain Nuts, working with people with direct experience of mental health services.
Throughout 2010 the company is running a series of creative writing workshops based at mental health centres around Berkshire. They have been put on in partnership with mental health service providers including East Berkshire Mind and the West Wing.
The comedy launch night on at South Street Arts Centre in the town on Tuesday, 11 May, saw a collection of performances by people who are members of mental health drop-in centres in Reading and Slough.
There was also performances by professional comedians, some of whom have experienced mental health issues and others who have not.
The focus for the Warning: May Contain Nuts is comedy and mental health. It supports people who may have had no previous experience of writing before and helping them to express their thoughts and feelings through creative writing.
Company Paradiso put on workshops to help people with their writing. The work developed from these workshops will be presented on a week of broadcasting on BBC Berkshire beginning 24 May, 2010.
BBC Radio Berkshire worked with the company on the Ballads of Reading Jail a project which has won a Sony Award in May 2010 - the radio equivalent of the Oscars.
To launch the project, poet John Hegley made an appearance at the event in Reading. Other professional performers included Professional comedians include stand-up artist Mackenzie Taylor, Dave Thompson, Seaneen Molloy and John Hoggett.
Berkshire band Amy's Ghost provided music, with one song written by a participant at one of the workshops. The best bits from the show will be played on BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach show.