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Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities – film

A film commissioned by Bristol University to illustrate key findings of research into premature deaths of people with Learning Disabilities.

Name of organisation:

The Misfits Theatre Company


Title of project/programme:

Film ‘Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities’


Dates of project/programme:

March 2013 – December 2013


The Misfits Theatre Company, a unique Bristol based theatre and social group led by People with Learning Disabilities (PWLD), evolved from a drama group at a local day centre (2000) to an established Community Interest Company (2010). Our mission is to improve life opportunities and aspirations of PWLD and to challenge their discrimination in society. We aim to enable PWLD to be creative and reach their full potential through participation, performance, volunteering and employment.

Recognised since 2005 for providing unique tailor-made training for professionals in the public, private and voluntary sector, we use theatre to tackle difficult issues, describe experiences and challenges faced by PWLD and how they want to be treated by the services and professionals they meet.

Commissioned by the University of Bristol in 2013, we devised and performed a film with the key findings and recommendations from their research ‘Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities’. The aim was to illustrate the complex messages of the research by portraying individual experiences of primary and secondary healthcare.

The film was formally presented at a fully booked Bristol cinema in January 2014, followed by a Q&A session with researchers and actors. The project exceeded our expectations, with The Royal College of Nursing and The Royal College of Paediatrics using the film as a learning resource; NHS England using it as part of their ‘Patient Stories Week of Action’ and by the end of 2014, the film was screened at two international conferences in France and Austria.

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