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.

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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 and watch the trailer for the production.

Anti Depressants Without the Side Effects

Watch our film made with Cardboard Zebra Creative about the impact of theatre and literature on health and wellbeing.

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10-11 Dec 2019 A Christmas Carol (a reduced version) and A Child’s Christmas in Wales

At: Oriel y Parc National Park Visitor’s Centre, St Davids SA62 6NW. Tues. Dec 10, 2.00 pm -3.00 pm A Christmas Carol.Enjoy this version of the all time ghostly classic reduced to under an hour to get you into the spirit of Christmas. £5 per personWednesday Dec, 11 7 pm-8.30Our reduced Christmas Carol with a sprig of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales thrown in. Purchase mince pies and...

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!

8 Oct 2019 Revolving Door at The Bedlam Festival

This Autumn The Hearth Centre will be presenting Revolving Door at The Bedlam Festival 2019 hosted at The Rep on 9th October. The Bedlam Festival is a showcase for theatre engaging with the Arts and Mental Health.

21 August 2019 Wuthering Heights in Imagery and Words

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...

13 April 2019 Literary Study Day – ‘When Paula Met Charlotte’

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.