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Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia care gets green light to tour

  • Date: 11 April 2014
  • Area: Midlands

Supported by investment from our Strategic touring programme, Lakeside Arts Centre will tour their play about dementia across the country for audiences of health care workers and the public.

The Government estimates that 670,000 people nationwide have dementia today and the Alzheimer’s Society estimate that by 2021more than 1 million people will have dementia.

Tanya Myer’s insightful play, Inside out of Mind, is uniquely focused on those who care for people with dementia and has already had a profound impact on NHS health care workers in the East Midlands as well as on those caring for family members or friends.

Inside out of Mind is rooted in academic research conducted on dementia care wards in the East Midlands and was commissioned by the Managed Innovation Network – a partnership involving Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and NHS professionals initiated by Professor Justine Schneider of the Institute of Mental Health. 

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture can have great benefits for people’s health and wellbeing. It’s great to see arts organisations finding ways to work with the NHS to support the creation of dementia-friendly environments for patients.

“The national tour of Inside Out of Mind will help forge new connections between theatre makers, healthcare workers, carers and the wider public. I hope it encourages conversations about dementia care and inspires people to think compassionately and empathetically.”

The play first premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre at the University of Nottingham in June 2013 where it was seen by 2,200 people including 1,000 NHS professionals.

Shona Powell, Director of Lakeside Arts Centre said: “Lakeside is thrilled that following a hugely successful premiere at Lakeside in 2013, we’re able to take this production on national tour, to reach thousands of new audience members and to make a real and lasting impact in the care sector”

Inside out of Mind will tour to six venues national in spring 2015.