Professor Justine Schneider is Professor of Mental Health and Social Care at the University of Nottingham, UK. She writes here about an inspirational project which used research outputs to develop a play providing unique insights into dementia care.
Inside Out of Mind is an innovative theatre project which has brought together ethnographic researchers with arts practitioners to tackle the challenge of dementia care. The resulting play brilliantly illustrates the multiple realities of life on a dementia ward, and is an inspiring collaboration between Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Lakeside Arts Centre, The University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health and the NHS.
Inside Out of Mind is based on field notes kept during months of participant observation in dementia wards by researchers Simon Bailey, Kezia Scales and Joanne Lloyd. Writer and Director Tanya Myers used the highly detailed and extensive notes as a “seed” to inspire this play about the largely mysterious world of inpatient dementia care.