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Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

Meet the Facilitator: Silvana

You've probably all heard about our betty buses, right? Our pink and yellow beauties are travelling around the country encouraging young boys and girls everywhere to be more open and honest about that time of the month. We thought you'd want to meet some of our fabulous betty ambassadors who are leading the way in encouraging those conversations.

This week we'd like to introduce you to Silvana!

Silvana is an actor, singer, performance deviser/improvisor and facilitator with many years experience working in live and recorded performances. Along with performing in various shows and films, she also creates her own work and collaborates with others to devise performances. She’s worked as a Role Player for a number of organisations, including The UN, The Royal College of GPs and The Ministry of Justice. She’s performed in London's West End, the Edinburgh Fringe and toured nationally with various shows. She’s devised her own solo pieces and has been invited to perform at various events and venues, including The V&A and The Theatre Museum. She recently turned her hand to writing and earlier this year had a monologue performed at the Southwark Playhouse and will have a piece published as part of the "Stories for Homes" Volume 2 Anthology.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

A filmmaker friend made a short film with me as the 13th Doctor Who, making the Doctor a female at least 2 years before the current one was announced.

What is your favourite thing about the betty bus?

I enjoy meeting so many young people about to go through a hugely important change in their lives. I like giving them the opportunity to talk about it, hopefully making them feel more comfortable about sharing their experiences with each other even after we leave.

Why do you think the betty bus is so important?

It’s the elephant in the room-or in this case the big bus in your school! You can’t ignore it. For so long this perfectly natural thing that happens to our body has been hidden. The betty bus says this needs to change, and the conversation can be started.

What is your favourite moment of the tour so far? 

I think it has to be the opportunity to discuss openly and frankly something that has often been misunderstood and shrouded in mystery. It’s funny we happily talk about make-up and clothes, but are too embarrassed to talk about a perfectly natural part of being female. I am really looking forward to the girls proudly shouting what they previously thought to be taboo words as they leave the betty bus after their visit.

Tell us a period cringe (we’ve all got one, hey)

The “surprise” period! The period that appears unannounced, way earlier than you ever expect. It catches you totally unaware, so that you don’t have any sanitary products with you and you end up staining your underpants and have to run to the toilet before it soaks through anything else - cringe!

Tell us your period craving?

I get incredibly thirsty and crave fizzy soft drinks, which I don’t normally have at any other time.

Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…

Hey!! How are you? Miss you!! I have whatsapp! How do I add you?😁

Want to find out more about the betty bus team? Follow their antics on Twitter @bettybusteam!