Reflections on the dynamic between theatre, literature & audiences & its positive impact on health

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Date/time: Tuesday 24 January 2017 1pm (GMT)

Speaker: Polly Wright Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre and visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

Chair: Stephen Clift PFRSPH, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

The play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king
(Shakespeare: Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2)

In this seminar, Polly Wright will turn the spotlight on the dynamic between art and audience, and examine how that relationship can have a positive effect on health. Through case studies and reflection, she will explore the educational impact of theatre on health professionals; the social and emotional effect of reading on the wellbeing of service users and the role drama can play as a qualitative research method in health and social care.

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