A Place of Constant Surprises – The making of a community play

A Place of Constant Surprises – The making of a community play

By Mischa Eligoloff


Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, a charity in South Devon, was opened in 2010 as an innovative solution to the lack of appropriate facilities for people with disabilities once they reach adulthood. Working with guests, visitors and staff, a ground-breaking piece of new theatre was created telling the stories of the people at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne. Through creative workshops and one-to-one interviews, a final draft of the play with the working title A Place of Constant Surprises was produced. This evaluation report looks at the processes and benefits gained from this project as well as exploring the potential implications for this and future projects.

Cultural and Arts projects generate wellbeing; instinctively we all feel good experiencing cultural activity as a participant or audience member. Within this report as we tell the story of this project we try to get ‘inside’ this feeling and explore the results and potential implications for this and future projects. Whilst following this evaluation path we have stumbled upon a bigger picture, a story revealed by the draft work produced by the playwright.

Resource type: Case studies | Published: 2015