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An 8-week programme of young person centred Drama workshops for young carers focusing on process over outcome.

This project is the first of its kind for us at Mind Out, partnering with Nottinghamshire Young Carers to co-create and deliver drama workshops with two groups of young carers across Mansfield and Nottinghamshire. The project is funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All and Theatre Clwyd, and supported by In Good Company and Captivate.

We explored improvisation (including Suspicious Supermarket), games, singing (songs from Turning Red), storyboarding and developing short films, script work, photography (creating a series of images for a comic book strip), breath work, drawing, using props to develop short scenes and stories.

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Our young people describe the UPLIFT sessions as...

"Fun"      "Interesting"

"Me-focused"     "Exciting"


Meet the team behind UPLIFT...

Glasses = the unofficial uniform of Mind Out Theatre!


Evie Osbon

Lead Practitioner and Producer

Evie is the Artistic Director of Mind Out Theatre. They are passionate about enabling accessible artistic opportunities, removing barriers and making theatre spaces welcoming! Evie has worked with children and young people for over 7 years, with organisations including; Nottingham Playhouse, Insight Theatre, Women & Theatre, and Nottingham TV Workshop. Inspired by their work as a Support Worker with care leavers and as a Carer, Evie sought funding to make this project a reality. Evie leads the Drama workshops, trialing a new 'mic N mix' approach to co-creation with our UPLIFT groups, in which a variety of creative activities are offered for the children and young people to choose from and curate their own creative exploration. 


To find out more about Evie's work as a Theatre Maker and Director, go to 'Who?' and follow @EvieOsbon on Twitter! 


Sarah Hailstones

Project Co-ordinator and Assistant Facilitator

Sarah is a dynamic theatre practitioner, facilitator, coordinator and youth theatre leader based in Leicester. Her practice is based on an ethos of empowerment and co-creation, and she is passionate about exploring social and political issues and creating accessible theatre. Currently, Sarah also works with Derby Theatre and Hubbub Theatre and has recently graduated with a distinction in MA Applied Theatre and Education from University of Derby.

@hailstonessarah on Twitter!

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Joe Strickland

Access Consultant
and UX design


Joe Strickland is a theatre maker, digital producer, and creative technologist based in Nottingham. As Artistic Director of Chronic Insanity, they create and facilitate live events in a variety of traditional, found, and digital spaces, making work accessibly, affordably, sustainably, and inclusively, and consulting for other arts organisations on digital culture and access.


Follow @CITheatre on Twitter!

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Omar Khan

Videographer and Photographer

Omar is currently on an RTYDS 18 Month Residency at Derby Theatre.

As a director, facilitator and writer based in the Midlands, his process is centered in collaboration and experimentation. Omar’s work engages marginalised communities and enables conversations around topics including: grief, identity, and spirituality. 

An alumnus of Birmingham REP’s Foundry scheme & Tamasha’s Directors Programme, he is an Associate Artist at Derby Theatre, and a tutor with their Years 4-6 Youth Theatre & Hubbub Theatre.


Current projects include: A Beginner’s Guide to Widowhood [ACE, Derby Theatre, In Good Company, The Big House]; 4 Walls [Derby CAN, Derby Theatre]; and Interdimentional Phishing Scam [Chronic Insanity Theatre]

Follow @thebreadbinman on Twitter!

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Phoebe Wall-Palmer

Strategic Producer

Phoebe is an Arts Producer, Fundraiser, and Artist Mentor, working with a range of independent companies and small-mid scale organisations. Her experience spans producing for theatre, festivals and large scale co-creation projects. This includes 4 years as Creative Producer for one of the UK's first Theatre Companies of Sanctuary, Maison Foo, and Consultant Producer for The Big House and In Good Company.


In addition to her work as a producer, Phoebe is an accredited coach with Relational Dynamics 1st, alumni of National Arts Fundraising School, Associate Lecturer at University of Lincoln and former Trustee of the Lincoln Drill Hall.

Follow on @pheebs_wp Twitter!


Maeve Morgan

Critical Friend

Maeve Morgan who is a creative practitioner from Ireland specialising in Community Arts Engagement, with a strong focus on youth arts provision.

Her background is in Applied and Community Arts having trained in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. She has developed creative programmes in a range of different settings such as Primary and Secondary Education, Community groups, Social Care, Detention Centres, Women's Centres etc and is extremely interested in merging disciplines to create work that promotes personal development, wellbeing, community cohesion and that is ultimately engaging and fun.


Victoria Firth

Wellbeing Practitioner

Victoria Firth is a theatre maker,  performer and writer working at the intersection of theatre, live art and cabaret. She is interested in empathy, embodiment and connection – getting under the skin of things that lots of us feel but often don't talk about. She also provides well-being support and mentoring to other artists and runs workshops on self-care for creatives.'

Follow on @msvhf on Twitter and Instagram. Or follow @msvictoriafirth on Facebook!

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