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"Everyone in social care should see something like this!"


Paul Nixon, Commissioning Officer,

Children and Families. 


Dramatising Social Care: Applied Theatre as a Tool of Empowerment for Looked After Children. The University of Southampton, 2011.


Long-term Projects 

  • Milesdown Children’s Home (2000 - 2007)

  • Crossways Children’s Home (2002 - 2003)

  • Bury Brickfields Romany Gypsy site (1999 for 4 months)


Film / Animation Production (2000 - 2012)

'4 Short Stories', Aimhigher: South West England

'9 Short Stories', Aimhigher: South West England

'Swanick Lodge Induction Film', Swanick Lodge Secure Children's Home, Hampshire 

'Clare's Story' 

'Jodie's Story'} Milesdown, Hampshire 

'Katey's Story'

'Crossways Uncovered Film', Bassingstoke, Hampshire 

'Lauren's Story', RiO, Exeter

'Amy's Story', RiO, Exeter 

'Grease Too!', Milesdown, Hampshire 


School based projects 

Virtual Schools Project, RiO (2009-2010)


College & University Based Projects

'Going to University & F.E. from a Care background', Aimhigher, 

Project involving: Huddersfield, Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth Universities. 


Visiting Advocacy 

Medway STC, Voice (2006-2008)


Commissioned Research

  • ‘Looking After Literacy’ (Event): Hampshire C.C. (Ed. Dept), 2004. 

  • ‘Looked after Children’s’ Website: Hampshire County Council, 2003. 

  • Preventative Measures for Coming into Care: Hampshire Children’s Fund, 2003.

  • Kingship Care Fun day: Kingship Care, 2000.



‘Institutional Frameworks and Empowerment through Creativity’. National Drama Conference: The University of Greenwich, 6-7 July 2013.

‘Understanding Contextual Frameworks’: Auckland University, April 2012.  

‘The Ethics of Your Intervention’, Collaborative Methods in Community Research: University of Nottingham, 11 April 2011. 


Workshops with Professionals 

Designated Teachers, Exeter 

Foster Carers, Exeter 

Residential Social Workers, Hampshire


Theatre Productions 

  • ‘Virtual Schools Show-back Event’ at The Phoenix Centre, Exeter; Exhibition & film screenings by young people in foster care for head teachers & carers. 2009

  • ‘Our Stories’, Unaccompanied Minors, Voice Head Office, London; Theatre; as part of National Refugee week. 2006

  • ‘Crossways Uncovered’ at John Stripe Theatre, Winchester;Live workshops, installations & films to encapsulate a 4 month applied theatre project with Crossways Children’s home. 2003 

  • ‘Milesdown Performance’ at John Stripe Theatre, Winchester; Theatre & film created by the residents of Milesdown children’s home for an audience of social services senior managers. 2001

  • ‘Bury Brickfields Romany Gypsy Performance’ at John Stripe Theatre, Winchester; Theatre production to dispel the myths about being a Romany Gypsy child.1999 

"Claire is an expert in her field, highly knowledgeable, yet totally down to earth and approachable. I can think of no one better to work with young people who have been marginalised by society."


Francesca Titus, Barrister.

"The young people OWNED the work it was theirs not staff/carers. The atmosphere was 100% improved whilst workshops were being done".


Tom Tynan,

 Residential Social Worker.  

"Being involved gave me the

freedom to express myself".


Adam, young participant.

"I enjoyed all of the games and the reason

why is cause none of us argued."


Emily, young participant.

"Several young people said they hadn't been able to express themselves as clearly on certain issues in the past as they had on this project." 

Claudia Hope,

RiO Project Manager. 


"We are very appreciative of a medium being

found to enable young people to communicate their views, wants, concerns and aspirations.."


Felicity Hindson, 

Chairman of Social Services

Committee, Hampshire.