Shifting Perspectives

RE:CREATE Psychiatry presents Playing ON: Shifting Perspectives Through Theatre

A month’s exploration of theatrical craft to ask what can we learn about ourselves, our experiences, and our roles through performance.

Following a special performance of Hearing Things at Ortus, RE:CREATE Psychiatry are delighted to present Playing ON as guest curators for March where they will explore how their methodology translates from the wards of Homerton and the Maudsley to the service-user led space of The Dragon Café.

Join us this month for an examination of what we can learn about the impact of being a service-user or member of staff in the mental healthcare system through participatory theatre.

Over four early evening workshops and four evening performances, we will demonstrate the key aspects of the Playing ON process and their active theatre techniques. Marrying professional theatre and socially engaged practice, we will ask what theatre can teach us about the roles we play, the people we are, and how we relate to each other? What can we learn when we step into each other’s shoes?

All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome. Every Monday in March @ The Dragon Café from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Directions available here.


“…if you’re an outside eye… looking in and asking who’s anxious and who’s stressed and who’s mad, you would have chosen the staff – not the patients…”

 Jim Pope, Artistic Director of Playing ON, speaking to London Live and BBC Radio London about delivering workshops at Maudsley Hospital, Hearing Things, and RE:CREATE Psychiatry.


Monday 6th March: The People We Are – programme available here.

Monday 13th March: How We Relate To Each Other – programme available here.

Monday 20th March: The Roles We Play – programme available here.

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