Community/Issue Based Projects

Expect the Unexpected creative writing with Sefton residents aged 65+ inspired by the natural history collections at The Atkinson Museum, Southport.

Dramatic Action/CVS Bolton. Workshops using words and images to create an exhibtion about Hate Crime. https://www.facebook.com/dramaticbolton/

Newfound Theatre Company/5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust. Buttons. Short play about the impact and importance of the Involvement Scheme performed at Involvement Day conference by professional actors, carers & service users. http://www.newfoundtheatre.com/#!health/c2414

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/Wigan Council/Healthy Arts. Time For Me ‘a creative group for women experiencing depression and/or anxiety in the antenatal or postnatal period with a child up to the age of 2 years’. Journal Therapy exercises and illustrated story book.

Platform Theatre Company. Family Snaps. Script based on improvised scenes.

Rochdale Borough Users Forum (RBUF). Two one-act plays about problems faced by service users performed at local conference for service users, carers & service providers. Newfound Theatre Company

Rochdale MIND. One act play about the media’s portrayl of suicide. Performed by Newfound Theatre Company in Rochdale and London & later filmed. Trailer for film

Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust (WLCT) Reel Times. Interviewing local people & editing transcripts/DVD for 2 library exhibitions about local area, & history of local cinema. Local residents aged 14-90.

Wigan Council/ Wigan Social Services/ Wigan & Leigh Carers/ Crossroads/ 5 Boroughs Partnership/ Wigan & Leigh CVS. 13 one-act plays about problems faced by Carers, & Young Carers performed at local conferences for carers & professionals, & used to train ward staff.

Arts Council England/Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival 2011/Willpower Theatre Company writing workshops leading to short scripts inspired by the work of Amnesty International, written & performed by teenagers.

Arts Council England/Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival 2011 commission of fictionalised account, The Wednesday Club of local vicar’s work with young offenders & his correspondence with a prisoner on Death Row, Georgia, performed in church by professional actor & local young actors.

Children & Young People Services Wigan/Platt Bridge Young Mums Group writing/research workshops leading to publication of book & commission of stage play, Be a Rhino Not a Sheep, for teenage pregnancy awareness day. Young Mums & local FE students aged 16-19. Article

Age Concern/Salford University/Wigan Pier Theatre Company Intergenerational improvisation/ writing workshops leading to publication of booklet & commission of radio play, The Ageless Self, for training professionals. Years 8 & 9 from local High School, care home residents & Over 50s Forum. Article

Stockport Council. Creative Writing Course, Introduction to Writing workshops, BBC My Story writing workshops, Mental Health themed writing workshop & Diversity themed writing workshop. Adults aged 25-75.