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Creative arts


Our creative arts projects use film, theatre, art, music and creative writing as tools for personal growth for the people we support and our staff. 

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

As part of the Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival our older people's services staged this production in October 2016. The audience was invited to step into a world of people being who they were, are or will be but connected to today. Young were old and old were young and everyone was engaged in scenarios relevant to who they decided to be.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Edinburgh Evening News - The Wayward Wind

The Wayward Wind

Our last production was The Wayward Wind. Produced by us in collaboration with Queen Margaret University, the story of the film is weaved around JFK's assassination. It stars people we support and staff from our Pleasance, St Leonard's, Community Connecting, Midlothian and Horizons services, as well as CREHA Sheltered Housing tenants, QMU students, Holyrood High School pupils and a service user from Gowrie Care.

The film was directed by Irvine Allan (winner of best short film in Cannes in 2001) from Queen Margaret University's Film and Media Department, and the script was written by Ronan O'Donnell. His most recent play Angels premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Despite the film thread being an assassination, it's a comedy and Ronan utilised the first 4 workshops we had before filming, to embed elements of the main cast's life experiences in the script, some were associated with 1963.

Previous productions

Listen to Me

Listen to Me was a short film that was a dark, complex and visually stunning look into the mind of someone struggling to cope with the destructive voices inside his head.

The main actor in the film is George Lovell - who was supported by PfPSC&S. George, at 17, was involved in a serious road accident where he suffered a broken back, internal injuries and a brain injury.  He has used some of his experiences from his recovery to give a brilliant and utterly convincing performance.

With this film we have continue our strategy of challenging stereotypes and pushing boundaries in an entertaining and educational way. 

The film was produced in partnership with Screen Education Edinburgh (formerly Pilton Video) and directed by Hugh Farrell.

Me, You, We & Zombie or not Zombie

People we support and staff created a play called Me, You, We and a film called Zombie or not Zombie? The play and film gave people an opportunity to explore prejudices and discrimination that they had experienced - many from an early age.

The initial workshops for the film and the play prepared the groundwork for skills development. 50 people we support were involved to varying degrees in all aspects of the film and play. Balancing the serious aspects of the projects - such as acknowledgement of past difficulties - with the need to make the process fun was key to its success.

Running parallel to the Zombie film was a documentary called Shooting Zombies filmed by award winning Director Sitar Rose. It provides an insight into the development of the film and its huge impact on everyone involved.

Creative Writing

Elizabeth Fleming, who was a member of the Touch Base Our Space Group, had her book, With a Little Help from my Friends, published on Amazon Kindle.

Elizabeth wrote this before she was supported by the East Lothian service but has made it clear that it was the support from the staff at the service that gave her the confidence to move ahead with getting it published.

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"The film is not about me - it's a fictional drama - but it encapsulates the huge feeling of loss and frustration being different has made to my life. 

I've loved being part of this project and I want people who see the film to understand that what has happened to me can happen to anyone."
George Lovell, actor in Listen to Me
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