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Inside Out of Mind (2015)

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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.

National Tour 2015
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 February
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Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 February
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Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 March
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Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 March
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Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 March
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Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 March
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A bold, fine and courageous piece of work
The Stage

Arresting…will not be easily forgotten
The Public Reviews (Exeter)

The cast are brilliant…..compassionately written
The Public Reviews (Leicester)



Enjoyed Inside Out of Mind today in Derby- really thought provoking play about ‪#dementia care. Definitely one to see @annedraya

Final performance of ‪@InsideOutOf tonight! Thanks ‪@MeetingGroundUK for such a thought provoking & important piece, good luck with the tour! @LakesideArts

@InsideOutOf ‪@LakesideArts Loved Inside out of mind, congratulations to Writer, cast & crew! Andrea @_Kitchen_Sink

Can’t recommend enough seeing ‪@InsideOutOf, skillful & moving play of the multiple facets of ‪#dementia & care ‪@TheGulbenkian @AdelinaCoHe

 great play very honest, funny and yet sad ‪#dementia @HomeInsteadMaid

Thank you ‪@InsideOutOf ‪@LakesideArts for bringing such an insightful and moving piece of theatre to our stage @TheGulbenkian

@InsideOutOf innovative training for staff, todays performance ‪@Gulbenkian and a workshop gave (KCHT) care workers a voice. thank you @DrJoBrooke

Stunning performance at ‪@TheGulbenkian Chaos and yet somehow ordered. Outside looking in- a fresh perspective to familiarity @NickyParkngton



Photo Gallery

Photos by Alan Fletcher.

Cast & Creative Team
With support from

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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