This project was initially about the creation and enactment of an experimental participative training performance for student renal nurses with a view to stimulating awareness of, and reflection on, the experience and feelings of dialysis patients and nurses. Although rehearsed at London South Bank University, the performance took place at The Royal London Hospital which is where the students were based, in November 2017.

In 2018 we were asked to repeat this exercise but with a different emphasis … a one hour Workshop, involving specially written drama scenes and a participative role reversal workshop about building profiles of assigned patients (part of the student assessment). This was to help improve Patient Profiles for presentation by Students in ‘viva’ sessions.

In 2020 we developed this project to suit the cohort going through the course and their requirements. It became a one hour workshop, involving specially written drama scenes and a participative role-reversal component focusing on patient case studies chosen for the students’ oral viva.


Performers (2017-2020): Pam Percy, Donald Elliott, Emily Wiggett, Jacqui Rozdoba, Yvonne Levy, Angie McIntosh, Richard Russell, Anna Brown, Ann El Mahjoub, Sandra Melville


Impact Statement (2020)
Summary of student evaluation

Can you give us some general comments on the experience of having us involved in your learning and teaching session?

  • Good to see the other side of dialysis
  • Insights were very valuable in changing my practice
  • I learned a lot in a span of less than an hour
  • Gave good insight into individual lifestyles and situations

Was there anything you particularly didn’t like about our involvement in the session? Was there anything you would have liked us to have done more of?

  • Better if actors don’t rely on their scripts

If you could sum up the session(s) with Encore Theatre Company in 3 words, what would they be?

  • Information-rich performance; fun; reflective; educational; helpful; practical; impressive and insightful

Any other comments?

  • Thanks for opening my eyes as to what happens at home
  • Makes us realise to make care individual and to focus on the patient as a human being and not just the tasks or disease
  • Opened my eyes to look at all the aspects of care and the importance of family
Summary of Staff Evaluation

Can you give us some general comments on the experience of having us involved in your learning and teaching session(s)?

  • It is important to incorporate different ways of learning

Do you feel Encore Theatre Company met and fulfilled the planned learning requirements/objectives/aims for the session(s)? What do you think the students/participants have taken away/what impact has it had?

  • Contributed to students seeing patients as people
  • Learning outcomes met

Was there anything you particularly didn’t like about our involvement in the session(s)? Was there anything you would have liked us to have done more of in the session(s)?

  • I think 15 minutes would have been enough for each discussion to allow more time for classroom discussion
  • Would like a discussion with the students on how they can apply learning to clinical practice and get some specific examples 
Summary of Actor Evaluation

Can you give us some general comments on the experience of working on the project?

  • Role playing a family and working as a team gives a better experience for the actors than individual ‘role play’
  • Learned a lot about both patients and staff in medical units
  • Good to give something back to LSBU
  • Good working as a small team
  • Mind stretching

What impact/what do you think the participants/all those invested took away from the project?

  • Knowing they are dealing with the real and not pretend
  • Knowing they need to take family/home into account more
  • Enhancing their practice to be more holistic

If you could sum up working on the project in 3 words, what would they be?

  • Valuable; essential; stimulating; interesting; informative; worthwhile; satisfying; demanding; fun

Any other comments?

  • Seeing the care in caring occupations is so important
  • Nice to write a domestic script
Action Plan
  • There is uniformly positive feedback on this project. Students gained different points of view, insights and perspectives and were able to do this through the acting being real to life. 
  • Some comments about not relying on scripts which would take more rehearsal time.
  • Might be value in revisiting the students later in the course to see how they have put learning into action and to see if they have further ideas about the use of theatre.
  • Some students asked to stay in touch and will be added to our mailing list