Our first encounter with hospital work dates back in 2013, when we developed our show Shh…Bang! in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSG) Audiology Department & The Institute of Sound and Vibration of Southampton University.
For the production’s research and development we ran a number of workshops and which culminated in performing Shh…Bang! in the hospital to an audience of young patients and their families.
This eventually led into us undertaking a three-week creative research residency GOSH, in October 2017 to develop Tidy Up –a show about order & chaos- in collaboration with GOSH families and staff.
We used the Lagoon as a rehearsal and workshop space and each day of the residency invited people into the space or visited other areas of the hospital including Safari Outpatients, Rhino, the Activity Centre and the Reception. Together with children, families and clinical staff we delivered exciting movement, story-telling and music workshops. The movements, conversations and experiences which came out of these sessions then directly fed into our show, Tidy Up.
We also had a series of meetings with staff from the Psychological Services Department, who explained the logic children apply to order, patterns and schedules and helped to further inform the content of the show.
At the end of each week’s rehearsal, families and staff were invited to review the material developed in a family-led critique allowing them to directly shape a professional piece of performance which other families can now enjoy!
Tidy Up was premiered at GOSH during Family Arts Week and is now touring nationally so if you missed it at GOSH you can still catch it at your local theatre!