On Thursday 4th July 2019, we hosted a celebration event including a performance and art exhibition at Anglia Ruskin University's Mumford Theatre.
Through our Creative Community Producer on IMPACT!, Kay Blayney, we forged links with Coleridge Community College and Oakes College, Netherhall School. The students from these schools performed fantastic dramatic and musical responses to our project research on the types of brain injuries sustained by soldiers in WWI, the treatments they received, the doctors who treated them, and the hospitals where they received treatments. The Research Group had also written monologues, imagining themselves as someone in WWI, be it a soldier, miner, baker, doctor, which were recorded as voiceovers and incorporated into the final drama pieces.
Kay Blayney has put together an educational toolkit on how to produce drama within a heritage project, which you can download here. You can also watch our film in which Kay discusses her role and more about the performance.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”