Patient | Carer Community Projects
Learning Disabled Adult Theatre Workshops


"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation." – Anon

Aims and Objectives

"One of our fundamental goals is to unmask the patient - to see the individual behind their condition."

John Hudson - Bright Sparks Theatre Company (February 2016)

  • The aim of the project is to provide an opportunity for learners to engage in artistic practices with all participants, sharing activities in an environment of equality, safety and mutual understanding.
  • By giving the learner and the patient a mutually shared creative task, the perception of each party becomes based upon the individual, rather than focussing on the patient's condition, or the learner's role as a medical/healthcare professional.
  • To encourage respect and equality towards all patients; promoting attitudes which support the patient's dignity.
  • Develop learners’ empathy towards adults with learning disabilities so they better understand the anxieties this particular community may face when visiting healthcare practioners. We believe that empathy is an emotion that develops through experience.
  • When the participants share the creative process together, it often increases their understanding of the impact of living with a learning disability.


"When dealing with people who use non-conventional communication styles, the use of the arts to aid communication is an obvious choice; as the arts themselves use non-conventional ways of presenting ideas, which are often beyond typical day-to-day language."

Marc Walton - Bright Sparks Theatre Company (February 2016)

Participants feedback confirmed our intended outcomes which are:

  • A direct experience of how shared creative activities are relevant to the improvement of clinical communication skills.
  • Improved listening and empathy, particularly when reacting to unpredictable scenarios.
  • Development of personal strategies, born out of real-time experiences, to better deal with future interactions with people with learning and communication impairments. Increased confidence in communicating with people with limited cognitive and vocal abilities.

“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.”

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, Poet & Playwright)