The Hearth Centre is a centre for Health, Education and the Humanities with Art at the Heart. Hearth uses the arts to animate key issues in mental health, social care and the humanities, and promote well being - which we do through theatre productions and literary events and courses.

What we've got in progress

Revolving Door 2019

This Autumn The Hearth Centre will be presented Revolving Door by Polly Wright at The Bedlam Festival 2019, hosted at The Rep on 8th October. The Bedlam Festival is a showcase for Theatre engaging with the Arts and Mental Health.

A coroner conducts an inquest into the suicide of Martin – a nineteen year-old gay man. He calls a GP, a psychiatrist, a mental health nurse and Martin’s mother as witnesses and asks the question: Why did this young man, with apparently everything to live for, take his own life? But this is no ordinary hearing… the coroner is Martin himself. 

After the play consultant psychiatrist Dr Erin Turner talked with award-winning mental health  campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE about suicide prevention which was followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

You can find out more about The Bedlam Festival 2019 here.

Friends of Enemies 

In March 2019, Hearth Centre director Polly Wright toured her Arts Council England funded Work In Progress play as a series of rehearsed readings. Working with a fantastic cast, the readings were presented at Pentabus in Shropshire, Theatr Clwyd in North Wales, MAC in Birmingham and Exeter Street Hall in Brighton. After a successful run we look forward to bringing you more updates on the progress of the play. Read the story so far here

Photos from the performance of Friends of Enemies at Exeter Street Hall on 23rd March 2019

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Literary Study Days 2020

Hearth Literary Study Days are run by Hearth Centre director Polly Wright with a guest host. These collaborative events give you the opportunity to explore notable classic literature and the art behind them. We will be hosting a programme of Literary Study Days in early 2020. Updates coming soon!

Wuthering Heights in Imagery and Words – 21 August

Who is Heathcliff? Attractive Byronic hero or sadistic psychopath? Who is Cathy?  Heroine in floaty dresses or anorexic adolescent in love with her childhood? The Hearth Centre presents Wuthering Heights  in images and words at Oriel y Parc  High St, Saint David's SA62 6NW at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st August.

David Harewood – Psychosis and Me

It was wonderful to see Dr Erin Turner speaking to David Harewood in Psychosis and Me on the BBC! Erin commissioned our play Revolving Door and works regularly with The Hearth Centre in her capacity as a Consultant Psychiatrist. David Harewood had a psychotic breakdown and was sectioned in his 20s. David traces his steps, meeting young people living with psychosis and the NHS professionals who treat them. Psychosis and...

Literary Study Day – ‘When Paula Met Charlotte’ – 13 April

How did one of the greatest artists of the 21st century respond to one of the greatest writers of the 19th? On 13 April 2019 at the Birmingham Midland Institute (BMI) The Hearth Centre’s director Polly Wright and poet and artist Margaret Markworthy presented Paula Rego’s 25 extraordinary lithographs of Jane Eyre, and read extracts from the nation’s favourite novel.

Friends of Enemies – Work in Progress Tour – March 2019

Friends of Enemies, written by Hearth Centre director Polly Wright, has finished a successful and thought provoking ACE funded Work in Progress tour. Readings of the play were presented at Pentabus in Shropshire, Theatr Clwyd in North Wales, MAC in Birmingham and Exeter Street Hall in Brighton. We're looking forward to sharing more with you about the work as times goes on!