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MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT - Learning Through Theatre

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Abbey Theatre Studio

Westminister Lodge

Holywell Hill

Saint Albans

AL1 2DL

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End of Life Learning Through Theatre Event

Hosted by Herts Valleys CCG and Macmillan Cancer Support

Facilitators – Local GPs and Hospice


Featuring 'My World Has Exploded a Little Bit'

Written by Bella Heesom | Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain

Attendees: Medical and social personnell, including GP's, Healthcare Assistants, support workers, nurses and social workers etc.


Event Outline

A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) educational event for medical and social care professionals working with people and their carers with cancer and other terminal conditions.

This learning event will enhance the quality of health and social care provision and employ a mixture of novel and exciting learning methodology – encompassing both creative drama and group MDT experiential learning.

The professional participants will leave the event having been moved, stimulated and empowered to deliver person-centred care with a deeper level of empathy, care and understanding.


Programme Outline

  • Welcome and Refreshments
  • Performance: ‘My World Has Exploded A little Bit’ (A Logical, Philosophical Guide to Managing Mortality) by Bella Heesom |Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain
  • Q&A session with Bella Heesom
  • Group Workshops facilitated by local GPs discussing reactions to the play and frontline experience in their day to day working.


About the Play - 'My World Has Exploded A little Bit'

'A genuinely valuable piece of work that could prove useful to a great many people if it reaches the larger audience it deserves.' — Scotsman

This is a 5 star play, detailing Heesom’s experience of losing both of her parents within a couple of years.

Her father died of a brain tumour – Glioblastoma Multiforme grade 4 - that was initially misdiagnosed as Encephalitis (due to being very diffuse and therefore inoperable).

Her mother died of pneumonia and other complications due to her Multiple Sclerosis, from which she had suffered for over 20 years.

Heesom cared for both parents during their illnesses, and liaised with many healthcare professionals in the process.

★★★★★'This is an unflinchingly brave show... Heesom herself gives an exceptional performance. She is sweetly vulnerable, disarmingly frank, and her writing is eloquent and witty without losing any of its fragility or rawness.

In a society that pays far less attention to the reality of grief than it should, shows like this are welcome and necessary. We need more radical honesty and honest artistry of the kind that Bella Heesom offers. She has created something very powerful indeed.' — Edinburgh Spotlight

The piece offers a profound insight into the emotional impact of cancer and other life-threatening conditions on the family of the patient. This provides an invaluable opportunity for healthcare professionals to deepen their understanding, and reflect on how they can most effectively support family and carers.

This is a rare learning opportunity; most family members will struggle to effectively communicate their feelings to the healthcare professionals they are in contact with. Heesom’s skill as a writer, actor and theatre maker, enable her to articulate complex emotions with a striking clarity.

For more information contact the Herts Valleys CCG Cancer and End Life Team:

Renate Scheffer

renate.scheffer@hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk

01442 284086

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Abbey Theatre Studio

Westminister Lodge

Holywell Hill

Saint Albans

AL1 2DL

United Kingdom

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