Theatre Nemo has an established reputation in delivering successful workshops in psychiatric hospitals in conjunction with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. We have worked within Leverndale, Rowanbank, Gartnavel and Stobhill facilities to engage and stimulate those with severe mental ill health. Participants generally feel less stigmatised and isolated and have the confidence to take part in community activities when leaving hospital. Our hospital workshops generally consist of 3 hours a week for ten weeks. Activities generally focus on animation – character sculpting, storyboard and script development, use of camera and computer equipment, set design and build. Or music projects, working with the voice and instruments. Or contributory artwork, where the group create a body of work collectively.
The power of the arts to bring about change in psychiatric hospitals
Theatre Nemo believes in the power of people. That is the ethos that underlines all their work in the field of those with mental health issues. You can perceive that in the way they treat people with real meaning, empowering individuals to learn recapture and reawaken lost talents and abilities. Why is this so powerful? Because they are dealing with individuals caught and entrapped in institutions that can cower the human spirit. We are also dealing in some cases with people who through their mental illness have criminal pasts, and for some of these patients this is fortunately where Theatre Nemo can help.
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