Community/Issue Based Projects

Passport to Creativity improvisation and scripting with Catching Creativity mental health support group, Bolton. In collaboration with musician and songwriter, Bob Kettle (Merry Hell).

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.