Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia carers gets green light to tour

10 Apr 2014 14:07:48.040

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Arts Council England has awarded Lakeside Arts Centre £186,893 to tour Inside out of Mind nationally to the widest possible audience of health care workers and the public.

The Government estimates that 670,000 people nationwide have dementia today, and the Alzheimer’s Society estimate that more than one million people will have dementia by 2021. Tanya Myer’s insightful play, Inside out of Mind,is uniquely focused on those who care for people with dementia and has already had a profound impact on NHS health care workers in the East Midlands as well as on those caring for family members or friends.

Inside out of Mind is rooted in academic research conducted on dementia care wards in the East Midlands and was commissioned by the Managed Innovation Network — a partnership involving Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and NHS professionals and initiated by Professor Justine Schneider of the Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham. The play premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham in June 2013 where it was seen by 2,200 people including 1,000 NHS professionals.

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A national tour

Shona Powell, Director of Lakeside Arts Centre, said: “Lakeside is thrilled that following a hugely successful premiere at Lakeside in 2013, we’re able to take this production on national tour, to reach thousands of new audience members and to make a real and lasting impact in the care sector”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture can have great benefits for people’s health and wellbeing. It’s great to see arts organisations finding ways to work with the NHS to support the creation of dementia-friendly environments for patients. The national tour of Inside Out of Mind will help forge new connections between theatre makers, healthcare workers, carers and the wider public. I hope it encourages conversations about dementia care and inspires people to think compassionately and empathetically.”

Public engagement

Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Professor David Greenaway, said “This unique project is a perfect example of academic research, knowledge exchange and public engagement coming together through the medium of the arts. We are extremely proud of this complementary partnership between our public arts centre, Meeting Ground Theatre Company and the Institute of Mental Health.”

Inside out of Mind will tour to six venues national in spring 2015.

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1. More information is available from Sofia Nazar-Chadwick, Marketing Manager at Lakeside Arts on 0115 846 7379.
2. Further comment is also available from Shona Powell, Director of Lakeside on or from Professor Justine Schneider, Professor of Mental Health & Social Care at the University of Nottingham on 07843 607 085.
3. Lakeside is the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre. It is a thriving multi-arts venue, programming a diverse range of high-quality music, drama, dance, literature, comedy, education events and exhibitions on a year round basis. It is also home to the University of Nottingham’s Archaeology Museum.
4. Meeting Ground Theatre Company was established in 1985 and celebrates a vibrant and eclectic legacy of projects motivated by personal and political obsession. The company aspires to give voice to the demonised.
5. The Institute of Mental Health is the UK’s prime location for interdisciplinary research in the field of mental health. The Institute is a partnership between two highly respected organisations, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, bringing together the healthcare and education sectors to achieve “Research excellence for Innovation”

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