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Is dementia a theatre taboo?


The National Lottery Awards take place yearly and recognise the achievements of Lottery-funded projects across the UK. The awards are split into seven categories: art, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and charity/voluntary.

One nominee is the theatre project Inside Out of Mind. Social scientists at The University of Nottingham commissioned a new play that looked at NHS research to show the reality of living and working with dementia and the impact on carers – those employed in health care as well as family and friends. The result is a courageous and tremendously important piece of work representing life on a dementia ward from the perspective of the patients, staff and visitors. Care home staff, home care workers and the general public were encouraged to attend the theatrical production which toured six cities in the UK earlier this year.

Actor and playwright Tanya Meyers talks to Rachel Ward about how she brought 600,000 words of research field notes to the stage.

Read more on the Telegraph website.