In 2011, Professor Justine Schneider and colleagues at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, published the results of a study of dementia wards, based on observational research.
From this material Tanya Myers, co-Artistic Director of Meeting Ground Theatre Company, was commissioned to create a play.
The result is a deeply touching, funny and unique play about life on a dementia ward from the perspective of the patients, the staff and visitors.
Following the success of a 15 performance run at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, in June 2013, an Arts Council England Strategic Touring grant was secured to enable the production to tour to 6 venues across England.
David Wilson – Sound Design and original music composition
Tom Mowat – Associate Sound Design
Sean Myatt – Object Theatre Director
Bisera Winters – Assistant Director
Alistair Richardson Laurens (“Bungo”) – Production Manager
Patricia Davenport – Company Stage Manager
Richard “Moby” Renshaw – Technical Stage Manager/Deputy Stage Manager
Alyssa Watts – Assistant Stage Manager/Wardrobe
Irene Jade – Assistant Designer
Isobel Hawson – Project Manager
With support from
Inside Out of Mind was commissioned by the University of Nottingham and first performed at Nottingham Lakeside Arts in 2013.
Big thank you to Rosie Lesurf who appears as the ghost of Allouette, Magda Atheni for Magda’s voice. John Killick for his poetry, Sharon Howe, Andrea Ward and Sara Deacon for loaning IOOM half the props, Trina Bramman who created many of the props, and Olivia Morton who upholstered the chairs, Laura Hailes (uniforms), Staff on Care for the Elderly Ward at Nottingham;s Queens Medical Centre, Renal Supplies at Nottingham City Hospital,
Set Build – Visualscene Ltd.; Leicester, Kezia Scales, Simon Bailey, Joanna Lloyd our ethnographers, Sharon Thorpe, Institute of Mental Health (MIN minute taker), Vishal Gorecha, Quality Improvement Manager, East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network & Senate, NHS England,
For Becky Cullen, Poet in Residence, thanks go to her sponsor: Nottingham Trent University and the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
On behalf of Nottingham Lakeside Arts:
Nick Stevenson, Arts Administration Intern
Ellie Cawthorne, Arts Marketing Intern
James Parkinson, Head of Business & Development
Sofia Nazar-Chadwick, Head of Audience Development & Marketing
Ian Perry, Box Office Manager
Kayleigh Chalcroft, Marketing Officer
Heather Murray, Marketing Assistant
Michelle Johnson, Executive & Programme Assistant
On behalf of University of Nottingham:
Tim Utton, Deputy Director, Communications
Debs Storey, Digital Communications Manager
We'd like to thank our supporters over the years:
Arts Council England, Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, City of Nottingham, Contemporary Archive, East Midlands Arts, European Culture, Gulbenkian Foundation, Ignite Social Enterprise, Institute of Mental Health, LOT Airways, Methodica Theatre, New Arts Works, NHS, Nottingham County Council Leisure Services, Nottingham Trent University, Royal College of Nursing, Trent FM, University of Nottingham