Date/time: Tuesday 24 January 2017 1pm (GMT)
Speaker: Polly Wright Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre and visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
Chair: Stephen Clift PFRSPH, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
The play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king
(Shakespeare: Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2)
Shakespeare was not the first to identify the effect of the arts on attitude and behaviour. He must have felt it in his audiences at the Globe every night- and in Hamlet he uses drama as a plot device to reveal his uncle’s guilt.
But, is it possible to examine the process by which a drama or a piece of literature, can affect people’s wellbeing and change perceptions?
In this seminar, Polly Wright will turn the spotlight on the dynamic between art and audience, and examine how that relationship can have a positive effect on health. Through case studies and reflection, she will explore the educational impact of theatre on health professionals; the social and emotional effect of reading on the wellbeing of service users and the role drama can play as a qualitative research method in health and social care.