September 14 2010

Caswell Clinic Drama Project

Caswell Clinic Drama Project

The start of our 3 year Arts programme at Caswell Clinic (a medium secure psychiatric hospital in Bridgend) culminated in a very successful drama piece (‘Britain’s Got No Talent!’ a spoof of the popular TV show), devised and performed by patients and staff for an invited audience of patients and staff.

This project has been funded by funded by Lankelly Chase and we will be evaluating the positive benefits of our creative work over the 3 year project.

The drama sessions were very well attended over the ten weeks and gave those involved the chance to forge new relationships with other patients and staff, the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to have fun.

“It helped me get out of my shell and express myself much better than I would otherwise.” (Participant)

The drama sessions were the highlight of the week for many of the patients involved and interestingly; many cited the opportunity to play, improvise and enjoy the drama games and exercises in a safe and secure environment as the most enjoyable aspect of the ten weeks.

“We’re all equal in here, staff, everyone” was how one participant described the group. We were very lucky to have enthusiastic and consistent staff who were willing to join in with everything and who truly believed in the value of the work and were hugely beneficial in encouraging group members to participate.

The next installment of the creative programme gets going next week and will involve music and singing over ten weeks, facilitated by our brilliant Music Worker Neil White (who provided a fantastic soundtrack to the drama performance with very little rehearsal!) and the equally talented Laura Bradshaw who facilitates our Betws Community Choir.

Thanks once again to Lankelly Chase who have funded this amazing 3 year project.