Community and Connection

Access to theatre and the arts for inpatients

Working with a foundation to match fund a project that provides access to theatre and the arts for long stay forensic patients

The Charity has recently worked together with a small family foundation to match fund a project, to provide access to theatre and the arts for long stay forensic patients. The funding, which builds on a long running project with Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Tim McInerny and the actor Sir Mark Rylance, enables patients to attend events and this included a trip to see Othello performed at The Globe Theatre.

Globe exterior photo

Speaking about the project Tim said:

“The theatre trips have been a rare opportunity for a socially inclusive experience by often rejected and isolated patients, to performances that are challenging, moving and often joyful. For many of our patients this is their first experience of theatre.

“When possible we meet members of the cast for a post-show discussion in the stalls. There are always fascinating questions for the actors indicating the real involvement of the patients in the experience. The cast find it a rewarding experience to meet patients and hear their perspective.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to be supported by Sir Mark Rylance who has supported a number of events to take place.”

Partnerships are an important part of our strategy. We work closely with a wide range of organisations that share our values and our commitment to improving mental health. We are always keen to explore new partnership opportunities across all sectors and industry.

We believe that by working together we can make more of a difference.  If you think you can support our work we’d be keen to talk to you.

Photographer: Clive Sherlock, The Globe