We welcome the opportunity to develop bespoke projects with commissioners. We have experience of creating projects with schools, community groups and services or within settings and have the expertise to work with particular outcomes in mind.
Please get in touch with Rhiannon Hannon if you have an exciting idea you would like to discuss.
Flying High: 2018/2019
'When I started I didn’t think I’d be doing any of the things we have been doing throughout the projects, and I’ve definitely grown in confidence throughout it, along with the service users'.
SWYPFT staff member
Working with mental health service users in low and medium secure settings at Fieldhead Hospital: We have delivered on multiple projects funded by Creative Minds (South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust). In 2018 /2019 we delivered onsite drama and music activity at Fieldhead Hospital for service-users on learning disabled pathways across low and medium-secure services. Drama and music workshops (10 x 2hour sessions), built on a successful previous track record. We integrated performance extracts from Kes by In On The Act, our 18-30 year old young theatre makers group and In On The Act supported the workshop delivery at Fieldhead. We also offered supported opportunities for service users to join the Theatre’s audience as part of our Passport to Theatre scheme.
Following our successful Memories project in 2016/2017 with Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group out at Horbury, we received funding from Yorkshire Health Charity to build on this work. We have successfully moved this on by bringing the project in-house to our Walker Studio and creating an integrated group of settled refugees and senior citizens through strong partnerships with Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group, The Refugee Council and City of Sanctuary. We ran 10 x two- hour sessions through this project and created a series of photos and a short film as well as strong evidence for integrated working. There were 22 x participants and 86% felt more confident socialising after this project.
Please see the film of the project here.
Memories was a 10-week drama workshop project, delivered by our Learning & Participation team in partnership with Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group and commissioned by the NHS through NOVA / West Wakefield health & wellbeing.
The project aimed to establish a warm, friendly and welcoming space that encouraged participants to feel at ease with one another and increase their confidence in making social connections, increase gentle healthy movement and encourage giving and taking of notice to others. The project used drama exercises and creative storytelling techniques and was filmed by Amy Charles Media.
'We think it’s great, there’s so much laughter in the room'.
Please see a short film of the project here.
The Big Sleepover: Tooth Camp
Written by Jane Thornton
Directed by Rhiannon Hannon
Commissioned by Wakefield Council in partnership with Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Supported by Wakefield College
In Autumn 2015 Theatre Royal Wakefield presented a vibrant and interactive 40-minute performance that helped Key Stage One students think of their teeth in a whole new way!
The Big Sleepover: Tooth Camp surprised and delighted young children whilst addressing the serious issue of oral health. The play starred Chris Hannon (Topsy and Tim's dad, CBeebies) and Amy Thompson (presenter of Milkshake, Channel 5).
Wakefield has poor levels of oral health in both adults and children, making this an important health priority for the district. Both dental decay and gum disease can be effectively prevented and controlled through a combination of community, professional and individual action.