Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

Mind Out! Mental Health and Theatre Event

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Thursday 18 May, 6.30pm
The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden

BAPAM’s Deborah Charnock will join the panel at this year’s Theatre Chaplaincy UK (TCUK) Spring Lecture, addressing mental health in the theatre. Stephen Fry will be giving a keynote speech entitled Mind Out! This occasion is part of a growing movement to break the taboo and stigma that still surrounds issues of mental health in the theatre. Stephen will then join in the panel discussion followed by Q&A, with panellists Dr Deborah Charnock, Chief Executive of BAPAM and lead advisor on the ArtsMinds website; Annemarie Lewis Thomas, Principal of the Musical Theatre Academy, who launched the #time4change Mental Health Charter for the Arts; and the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford, a TCUK trustee with 30 years’ first-hand experience as a theatre chaplain. The lecture is free and open to all. Afterwards there will be refreshments and the opportunity to mingle and talk further.

Spotlight Open House

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Spotlight Open House, kicking off on Monday 3rd April, is a jam-packed week of workshops, Q&As and one-to-ones led by top industry professionals working across all areas of film, television and theatre.

BAPAM Registered counseling psychologists, Dr Carol Chapman and Jane Oakland will be taking part in the events, offering free 30-minute one-on-one sessions, a completely confidential opportunity for actors to discuss any challenges that they’re currently facing for which they may require support. All of these sessions are already fully booked.

Many people in the performing arts will experience challenges with their mental health at some point in their lives. In response, Spotlight, Equity, The Stage and BAPAM developed ArtsMinds to offer support for people who need it most and encourage people in the performing arts to talk more about the importance of getting support.

At BAPAM, we also offer free in-depth clinical advice for anyone working professionally or studying in the performing arts, and list specialist practitioners on our Directory of practitioners.

Many events throughout the week will be livestreamed and you can also follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #SpotlightOpenHouse.

 

Cambridge Clinics

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Dr Patricia Halliwell, NHS GP and graduate of the UCL MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, holds our Cambridge clinic for all performing arts professionals and students with work-related health concerns. The clinic takes place monthly at West Road Concert Hall. Forthcoming dates are February 26 and March 19.

Please get in touch if you’d like a free appointment for specialist advice.

Newsletter August 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The current BAPAM Newsletter (August 2014)  is now available to read or download in pdf format: BAPAM Newsletter August 2014

Contents:

BAPAM Journal

Pegasus Chamber Choir Fundraising Concert for BAPAM –  For the Fallen

BAPAM Training Day – What is Music Performance 

Clinics News

Musicians’ Dystonia Reseach at UCL Institute of Neurology

BAPAM Scotland Update

PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund Support

New Patrons

New Staff

Fundraisers

Friends Scheme

Event Report: Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Dr Carol Chapman (Counselling Psychologist and BAPAM Clinician)

Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health
October 1st 2013
Queen Mary, University of London

This interesting and wide-ranging conference brought together academics, researchers, clinicians, Arts Directors from the South Bank, Barbican, Pallant House and CORE Arts together with service users/creative artists to reflect on the ways in which music, theatre, dance and art interface with mental health.

There were discussions of the relationship between Creativity and Mental Health interspersed with historical depictions of the construction of ‘madness’ in drama, from the Bacchae to Caryl Churchill. Questions relating to the social definition of normality/abnormality and the pathologising of certain eccentricities, personalities and practices along with a celebration of Mad Pride and its successors gave us all food for thought and discussion.

Vivid and moving examples of the healing power of Singing, Artwork and Drama, and their transformative power on damaged lives were presented by Bobby Baker, whose 11 year journey through extreme dysfunction to stability was chronicled by her films and artwork, Gary Molloy and Frank Bangay.

Alongside these, it was apparent that the evidence-base for the mental health and social benefits of arts therapies is growing in size and rigour. Stephen Clift’s work on singing, Paul Monk’s work on art and Nasir Warfa’s work on creating healing spaces testified to this.

As we know, using music as a therapy for a musician can be difficult, and has to be undertaken with care, because of the complex emotional and personal investment the performer makes in their playing. However I have come across many musicians who regularly use a form of music-making to let off steam, de-stress or lift their mood and there has been a small amount of research in this area.

I hope that when this conference reconvenes (it was the first to bring together all the arts therapies in this way, we learned),  BAPAM will be there to present some evidence of its own, from its unique vantage point, as a contribution to this fascinating and socially valuable field.

BVA Study Day – How the Breath Inspires

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Experts including Alan Watson (The Biology of Musical Performance), Jeannette Nelson (Head of Voice, National Theatre) and Ed Blake (specialist physiotherapist) investigate the physiology of breathing. How does the mechanism of breathing relate to speech and singing?

How the Breath Inspires – the next British Voice Association Study Day, on Sunday 23rd September 2012, covers anatomy, physiology and function, and practical applications for voice, both spoken and sung. Workshop sessions explore links between breathing and voice.

Full programme and booking form here.