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Inside Out of Mind Screenings FAQ

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Q. What is ‘Inside Out of Mind’ about?

A. “There are as many forms of dementia as people living with dementia”. 

Funny, challenging and emotionally powerful. The story unfolds over three days on 'The Ward with No name’.

Mr. P is looking for Lost Love. Gertie is in search of her babies, Muriel just wants to go home. A young ethnographer, in her Healthcare assistant uniform, arrives for her first day’s work on the ward; nervous with notebook at the ready. The play is a kaleidoscope of narratives offering insights into personal lives of staff and patients alike. We follow staff and patients through Night, Early, and Late shifts, sharing their joys and frustrations. Time constraints, team work, task orientation, noise levels, staff emotional legacy and end of life care are mayor themes that feature. The play gently celebrates the power of listening and empathy. 

Q. Could this be used in training?

A. The recording has been used by communities of care professionals as a training and development tool. Inside Out of Mind focuses on the emotional legacy and issues relevant to care workers supporting people living with dementia.  The play generates powerful and honest dialogue because it raises questions for carers and the wider public about how society looks after people living with dementia. It aims to be non-judgemental, portraying attitudes and professional practice as observed through extended research in hospital wards.

Q. How long is one screening?

A. One screening and a post-show discussion with a facilitator takes approximately 1hour 50mins including a short interval. It is a live edited recorded performance of the award winning theatre production of 'Inside Out Mind' filmed at Lakeside Arts Theatre in 2015 by WeAreCaravan Films.

Q. What format does the recording come on?

A. You will be able to choose from a DVD or Blu-ray. Once the contract has been signed and returned this will be posted recorded delivery to your chosen address in advance of the screening date to test on the equipment.

Q. Can we play the recording through a DVD or Blu-ray player?

A. Yes, as long as there is a minimum quality of Stereo Sound System, ideally cinema sound system.

Q. Are there any promotional marketing materials we can use?

A. You can download a poster and flyer from the resources section of the portal to use to promote the screening.

Q. Do you offer support with the showing of the screening?

A. Yes. Part of our agreement is that a member of the creative team will attend your showing to present, contextualise the filmed performance, and offer experienced support for post-show dialogues. Your facilitator will be able to answer questions and offer personal experiences relevant to the background and making of the Play if people are interested.

Q. Do we need to arrange accommodation for the facilitator?

A. Depending on the location of the screening, you may be asked to arrange accommodation for the facilitator.

Q. What is the cost for a screening?

A. A single screening and post-show discussion costs £700 +VAT, additional screenings on the same day cost £450+ VAT.

Q. Is the screening appropriate for people living with dementia?

A. The play is written to raise empathy and awareness, it invites an audience to imagine themselves into the world of a character experiencing dementia. Some family carers have found that its portrayal of advanced stages of dementia in hospital is upsetting, but paid carers generally praise the authentic characterisation.

Q. How was Inside Out of Mind made?

A. Tanya Myers (writer/director) was commissioned by Professor Justine Schneider from the School of Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Nottingham to turn a powerful body of research data, gathered by 3 ethnographers (Joanna Lloyd, Kezia Scales and Simon Bailey) who worked as Health Care Assistants on three dementia wards in Nottinghamshire over a 9 month period, into a piece of theatre. This information was turned into a governmental resource paper: Challenging care: the role and experience of Health Care Assistants in dementia wards, 2010.

All involved felt this valuable research material was evocative and should reach a wider public audience. Meeting Ground Theatre Company and University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts produced a beautiful multidisciplinary theatre show using lighting, musical composition, object theatre and digital projections that still continues to grasp people’s imagination through its new digital medium of recorded performance.

Q. Are the stories true?

A. Yes. All words spoken by staff in the recording are sourced from the ethnographic field notes. The play cleverly weaves the reality of these voices into narratives that elucidate the main themes of the screening.

The dementia patients living on the ward have been sourced from real life stories. Each character lives with an individual dementia diagnosis.

Q. Are support training resources available?

A. Yes, see this course on the IDEA website (registration required).