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Far Apart UK

Dirty Protest and People's Palace Projects

Far Apart UK is a research project led by People’s Palace Projects and the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (Queen Mary University of London) with five arts organisations in the UK: Battersea Arts Centre, Contact Theatre Manchester, National Theatre Wales, Royal Theatre Stratford East and us, Dirty Protest. The project focuses on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how arts organisations in the UK have adapted their activities by using online platforms and other means to support the mental health of young people.

peoplespalaceprojects.org.uk/en/project…-apart-uk/

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This part of the project was a series of workshops with young people aged 18-30, facilitated by Kiara Sulivan and Alice Ecklund. Over 5 sessions, we quickly learnt that the young people were all keen writers and liked exploring their writing when music was involved. Each week we brought different pieces of music and different stimuli to introduce to the group and after the second session they decided they wanted to write something about themselves, their feelings and attitudes towards the last 18 months. Then, everyone recorded their words using a phone or a laptop, and we worked with sound designer Dan Lawrence to underscore their writing. The group allowed themselves to be vulnerable, honest and patient- this meaning they could reflect openly on the last 18 months.

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