Patients At Heartlands Hospital Pen Radio Drama
Patients from the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Heartlands Hospital were given a taste of the creative arts through a visit from drama practitioners from Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP).
Over the past week, the patients have been busy penning a radio drama as part of a project organised by the Heart of England NHS Trust and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Over the past week in-patients at the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit have created an original piece of radio drama about their experiences. With help from staff at Birmingham Repertory Theatre they have created an original piece of radio drama about their experiences, learning about character and story development. The play will be recorded and broadcast via The REP’s and Heartlands Hospital’s websites in the coming weeks.
The project has been an opportunity for patients to share their experiences of cystic fibrosis, as Tom Saunders, Participation Officer at Birmingham Repertory Theatre explains;
“Writing is a great way of expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences and playwriting is just a versatile way of bringing such feelings and experiences to life for other people. This project is a wonderful opportunity to show other people what life is like for cystic fibrosis sufferers. Over the week we’ve discovered that some of the patients have a real flare for creative writing and it’s helped keep them active whilst in hospital.”
Arts Co-ordinator for Heartlands Hospital said: “When the REP approached the Arts department with the idea of delivering drama workshops at the Trust, I thought it was a fantastic and unique opportunity for us to get involved. The Cystic Fibrosis Unit staff were very enthusiastic and supportive. It’s been a great way for the patients to get involved in something very different and has given them the chance to express themselves in a very unique way.”
Gregg Smith, 29 from Kingswinford is one of the patients on the Heartlands Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit taking part in the project. He said: “The drama practitioner from The REP that helped me come up with ideas for the radio drama was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I enjoyed using my imagination, much better than being in your room by yourself! I think this is a great way to show what it’s like to have Cystic Fibrosis.”