Riverscross Soap Opera Project

Riverscross Soap Opera Project

Aims: To increase the active participation in society of young people with experience of mental health issues
Objective: To engage young people through drama, writing, music, design and film to create a professional industry standard continuing drama series.

Funding sources: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity & South London and Maudsley Charity

Delivery: Snowsfields Adolescent Psychiatric Unit – 2007 - 2015
Royal Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School, Radlet Lodge Autistic School, Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit and Oakview Hospital School – 2010 - 2015

Creative Gymnasium

Creative Gymnasium

Aim: To examine the benefits of drama and arts activities for improving and maintaining the health and wellbeing of people living in Coventry aged 50+

Funding: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Timescale: 12 months

Description of the arts activity

A drama intervention was delivered in stages over 12 months, by The Belgrade Theatre.
Stage I – Recruitment and convening of the groups of 50+ participants
Stage II – 10 week developmental workshops
Stage III – Public Performances at the Theatre and on location around the city

Promoting social and personal wellbeing in 5 – 7 year olds through the ‘Speech Bubbles’ drama project

A report by Dr Jonathan Barnes, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for The Arts and Health Canterbury Christ Church University, providing background to a research paper published in the Royal Society for Public Health Journal (Barnes, 2012). The RSPH paper examines the wellbeing impacts of a drama based intervention designed to support young children with speech and communication difficulties.

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Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England