Our aim is to create and share professional dance-theatre work in hospital, in genuine collaboration with hospitalised children – a segment of the population that is rarely thought of when talking about access to the arts.
What we offer
Our workshops offer in depth performing arts engagement to hospitalised children, encouraging them to participate both physically and intellectually, while stimulating their imagination. We work flexibly across the clinical environment, in busy waiting rooms, in-patient wards and even one-on-one by the bedside with children nursed in isolation.
The programme consists of a variety of activities across the clinical environment, including:
– physical, storytelling and musical group workshops in the activity centre (or other play-space) and the wards
– hovering engagement sessions in busy out-patient areas
– one-on-one sessions by the bedside for children in ICU
– live performance and open discussion sessions
The activities are accessible to children of all abilities, ages and backgrounds.
The programme was developed during Peut-Être’s Artist Residency at Great Ormond Street Hospital (2017-18). In partnership with GOSH Arts and the hospital’s Psychology Department, we undertook a three-week creative research residency at GOSH to develop our latest show ‘Tidy Up’ in collaboration with GOSH children, families and staff.
- Improving children’s communication skills, helping them to increase in confidence and develop social and emotional coping mechanisms.
- Enhancing the sense community by triggering –through group activities- conversations among visiting families, allowing them to share experiences and form connections with other familiesin similar situations
- Create a more relaxed clinical environment
- Facilitating communication between patients and clinical staff, by shifting focus from medical procedures to the arts, alleviating the stress of hospitalisation.
- Distracting from pain and stressful medical procedures.
“It was a remarkable experience for families and staff, which enhanced a sense of well-being for those who interacted with Peut-Être Theatre’s creative team. The company created a sense of excitement in the hospital, developed relationships with staff and taught GOSH Arts to push the boundaries of how we engage artists in the day-to-day activities we put on in the hospital.” – Caroline Moore, GOSH Arts Manager
“It was the best day of our stay in hospital!” – Parent of a child at Southampton General
Where we’ve been so far:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Southampton Children’s Hospital
Where we’re headed next:
- Sheffield Children’s Hospital
- Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh
- Royal Berkshire Hopsital
- East Kent Hopsitals University NSH Foundation Trust
For more information about booking a show or workshop, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org