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.

Cancelled Tour of Friends of Enemies:  We’re sad that many of our theatrical projects have been cancelled, including our semi booked 2020 autumn tour of Friends of Enemies (click here to see the trailer film and read more). However, we are fully intending to take it out again , and have been gathering national interest in a new Friends of Enemies project in Wales and the Borders in the spring or summer of 2021, which could be delivered observing social distancing, or might be an online set of events.

Revolving Door: Artistic director Polly Wright and the Hearth Board are currently discussing how to deliver Revolving Door as a virtual educational training tool. Please click on (click here to see the film and read more) for information about this stunning play about young suicide ( last performed as a sell out show  at the Bedlam festival at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October 2019)- and please contact us if you’re interesting in the newly developed virtual resource..

Our project: Living in Times of National Emergency has got off to a terrific start! We have launched our blogTales of Lockdown: War and Epidemics and have started to attract submissions through our posts on social media. We are loading poems, songs, short stories and personal accounts of lockdown, as well as fictional reflections on plagues and wars in other eras and are very proud that we have joined forces with visual artists Hope and Mania to produce a creative house style by using original art work with striking images to complement the powerful writing.

Look out for Polly Wright in Women and Theatre’s Listen project on July 15th, where Polly’s monologue Sue Bevan, Dog lover will be played to trigger a discussion online about health- and the NHS past and present. Couldn’t be more topical as it is happening days after the NHS’s 72nd birthday. Click here for details of timing - and how to sign up for an invitation.