International Helath Humanities Network: Humanities Subject Area Reports

Selected Humanities Subject: Drama

Converge: university-based courses in the arts for people who use mental health services

Converge offers courses in the arts to people who use mental health services. These courses are taught by university students and staff.

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Piano Moves

A dance performance by 3rd Stage Dance Company concentrating on piano studies by composers such as Scolding, Turner, Debussy, Schuman and Sculthorpe.

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A Different Drum

Teaching and learning resources

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'Performing Bedside for Children in Hospital'

Bedside Theatre for hosptialiszed children is a 2 year practice-based research developed within Newman University Drama Department, CADLab. It is being undertaken at Birmingham Children's Hospital, NHS Trust, on the impact of bedside theatre performance on hospitalised children's well-being. It examines the process of creating theatre for children who suffer from cancer and cardiac problems, connecting with the hospital and working within the hospital tight routines, dealing with ethics, working with theatre artists and performing to children bedside. It also reports on evidence collected by questionnaire and interviews about the perceived benefits of bedside theatre by children and their parent/carers. Evidence shows that Bedside Theatre can help children relax and hold hospital stress such as pre and post operative anxiety more lightly. It distracts children's mind from their illness and gives them something to discuss with their families. Theatre can do more than entertainment in hospital as it comforts children and their parents. Parents of children in the cancer ward appreciate Bedside Theatre as most suitable to the needs of the patients.

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Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion.

I am delighted to share the news about the recent publication of my new book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion" (Intellect, December 15th 2016) with the IHHN members. The book presents a 5-year theatre research study with children and their families in hospitals in W. Midlands in the U.K. Detailed examples of everyday artistic practice in hospital, vibrant dialogues between children as audiences and actors as visitors in the medical world, incidents of breath-taking theatrical experiences in children's wards (paediatrics, cardiac, oncology and intensive care units) and, evidence of the impact of bedside theatre on child emotional and social wellbeing during their stay in hospital make this book unique. Now that I am reading it, I feel that I have been truthful to myself while writing it. I also feel that I represent the truths of my actors, volunteers and audiences, including children, their families, nursing staff and arts managers in hospitals. Of course, I may be biased and therefore, I would love to hear from you, the readers, about your impressions, views, and opinions. My contact is p.sextou@newman.ac.uk 

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The Bird Island. A 3-year CADLab arts-based participatory project for children in hospitals and children in schools in West Midlands.

Newman University CADLab has secured a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop its Drama department's work in Applied Theatre and Wellbeing to improve the lives of young sick children in local hospitals.

 

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network