Southwark Playhouse – working with adults with a diagnosis of early onset dementia.
The project has continued to run as a Southwark Playhouse project from the beginning of 2021. The sessions which are currently held weekly on zoom, engage participants with devising, improvisation and acting skills.
Recent article on the project: https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/12032021-inside-the-fantastic-social-prescribing-revolutionising-londons-healthcare/.
As a freelancer I am currently working as a Co-facilitator with Arts4Dementia & Southwark Playhouse throughout 2020, on ‘Muse of Fire’ working with adults with early onset dementia and their carers. Sessions for this second block are being held online via Zoom. The group are working towards developing a short devised piece to show at the end of this current block, based around characters created in response to Covid-19.
Working with ‘Muse of Fire’ participants with Image Theatre as a tool for devising. Southwark Playhouse, March 2020.
Earlier this year, I also worked with the wonderful team at Safe Ground to deliver their three day creative programme ‘Our Own Stories‘, with women with experience of the Criminal Justice System, in conjunction with the women’s charity Advance.
It’s such an engaging and effective programme, which culminated in a devised showing created by the women for staff at the centre. I look forward to working with them again!
Testimonial from Lindsay Murphy, Programmes Manager, Safe Ground
Safe Ground is a national arts organisation designing and delivering therapeutic group work programmes for people in secure and community settings. The development of Our Own Stories was our response to a request for provision designed especially for women with experience of the criminal justice system. The programme was designed in consultation with women in prison and offers participants the space and structure to reflect on, learn from, and plan for, moments of transition and transformation in their lives. It is currently delivered in women’s centres in Hammersmith and Finsbury Park as part of the London-wide Minerva wraparound service.
Safe Ground works only with expert delivery staff whose style ensures women’s meaningful participation and supports each individual’s progress towards fulfilling their potential. We were privileged to have Nicola lead the delivery of our Finsbury Park programme earlier this year, supported by a centre key worker. Nicola’s experience, insight, creativity and inclusivity were much appreciated by participants, her co-facilitator and staff, and we very much look forward to working with her again in the near future. We are proud to have her as a member of the Safe Ground team.