CADLab Projects

Newman CADLab 'Bedside Theatre for hospitalized children' research project made the judge's short list for the West Midlands Arts & Health Award 2012.

CADLab conducts research in collaboration with Birmingham Children's Hospital, NHS Trust and develops inter-disciplinary Theatre-in-Education (TiE) work on Mental Health. CADLab research aims to promote health & wellbeing to young individuals (4-16 year olds) and vulnerable communities through TiE, devised theatre work and adaptations of bedtime stories in school and hospital settings.

If you are interested in becoming a community artist, a drama teacher, an actor/teacher, a drama facilitator or a drama therapist, if you want to get a fulfilling and rewarding job in the public or private sector, or if you are interested in devising Forum Theatre and drama classes and want to connect with theatre practitioners, teachers, health professionals, social workers, psychologists and drama therapists, this would be an ideal place for you.

You will discover new approaches to combine your talents with those of other experts in health & wellbeing and social care, to create projects for community groups who need you most. A collection of partners such as the REP, Big Brum TiE Company, Women & Theatre Company, NHS Trust, Birmingham Children’s Hospital arts, Rosetta Life, The Jan Foundation, Health & Wellbeing Networks, schools and professionals of national and international reputation will make the student experience a rich and rewarding one.

Current project: 

Bedside Theatre performances for hospitalised children and their families are scheduled for the summer-winter 2013 season at Birmingham Children's Hospital (oncology, and cardiac wards). Funded by The Grimmitt Trust and W.A. Cadbury Trust.

Past Projects:

1. Our latest project is a Newman Drama department production was showcased at Birmingham's popular arts venue, mac, in November 2012. ‘I care’ and ‘Simone’ are two devised monologues with music about mental health illness. A woman with bi-polar disorder and her carer invite the audience to witness and reflect on their experience. There were post-performance discussions with the audience about the role of theatre in psychiatry in helping to deepen understanding of mental health issues. 

2. Research-led project: ‘Theatre for Children in Health & Well-being; Bedside theatre on bedtime stories' (pilot 2010) and (phase B 2011) in collaboration with the Department of Working with Children, Young People & Families (Newman) and in partnership with NHS. Venue: Birmingham Children's Hospital, oncology, cardiac, general pathology wards. Funded by REF. For research results you may visit:

3. 'Domestic Violence Monologues’ devised, performed and filmed for training purposes as part of the 'Daphne' European Project co-ordinated by Prof. Stanley Tucker and funded by EU. (2009-2010) For online resources (videos) visit: /daphne

4. ‘Ulysses: A journey of discovery and recovery through theatre’, a Theatre-in-Education programme on individual and social responsibility. Venue: Bartley Green Secondary School. It gained a Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Award by Hefce and UnLtd. (2010-2011)

5. ‘On the Scales, please!’, a Theatre-in-Education programme on food disorders. Venue: St. Paul’s School for Girls CS Birmingham. (2011)


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