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Bespoke projects

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Theatre is transformative and can serve in many different ways. We are always keen to hear from people who feel our work may benefit the people they work with.

We’re very open to what this may be – we welcome problems that we can propose solutions to. Below are some examples of projects we have devised and run.

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Communication sessions for Medical Support Workers and Doctors

We were contacted by the North Bristol NHS Trust to help with the integration of Medical Support Workers and Doctors who were new to the UK after having to leave Myanmar. We devised four sessions in which we used drama games, exercises and role play, to open up discussions about cultural differences, try out difficult scenarios in a safe space and increase confidence. After our sessions, 100% of attendees that filled out a feedback form reported that they enjoyed the sessions, that they would recommend our sessions to others, and that they felt better prepared for work as a Doctor in the UK.

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Using creative methods to disseminate research

In 2020 we were approached by the Biomedical Research Centre and researchers from Bristol University to assist with a study on using theatre to disseminate research. If a report is translated into theatre, will it receive a wider audience? What are the benefits of working in this way?

We worked specifically around a study that detailed the benefits of a trauma-specific mindfulness course for women with experience of domestic abuse and post-traumatic stress.

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The piece was written, developed and performed by two survivors of domestic abuse and public contributors on the study. They wanted to show how they found being involved in research an empowering experience and to inspire others to do the same.

In 2023, the University of Bristol hosted a day to create a ‘How To Guide’ for using theatre to disseminate research.

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The project has since developed within acta into [Thriving Theatre: Thriving Theatre], a creative support group for survivors of domestic abuse.

English as a second language sessions for refugees

Working with Bristol Refugee rights, we have delivered a series of sessions of simple, fun, drama games to help integrate and assist in English language development for those who are new to the country.

We would love to hear from anyone interested in what we can do for their project – please get in touch or call us on  0117 953 2448