North East Arts Touring – A Unique Collaboration

North East Arts Touring (NEAT) is a Rural Touring Scheme that promotes professional theatre, dance and film screenings in rural venues across the North East of Scotland. It also offers well-being support for vulnerable people. 

North East Arts Touring (NEAT) is a Rural Touring Scheme that promotes professional theatre, dance and film screenings in rural venues across the North East of Scotland. It also offers well-being support for vulnerable people. 

In 2022, NEAT partnered with Turning Point to establish Creative Well-being Groups. Dramatherapy was chosen as a modality to help promote well-being within these groups. I had the privilege to work alongside participants who live in isolated communities. Many of the participants had experienced mental health difficulties. 


As well as supporting people’s mental health in Creative Well-Being Groups, participants learned skills in event management and programming of professional theatre. This year, participants promoted a range of theatre performances in the north east of Scotland. These ranged from stand-up comedy nights to children’s Christmas shows and Murder Mystery evenings. Not only did this help boost the confidence of our members, it also provided a sense of connection and fostered community engagement for our audiences. 

The project was funded through the AVA Community and Mental Health Fund. We are currently looking for new partners who would like to engage in similar projects. If this is of interest to you, please get in touch. 

I was delighted this year to be the recipient of The Peter Slade Award. Funding was provided to help build my Dramatherapy toolkit of resources. In turn, I used these materials for projects like NEAT and other initiatives. A big thank you to the British Association of Dramatherapy (BADth) for honouring me with this award. 

Please click on the link to watch our short film based on the work we do at NEAT.

 https://youtu.be/jgJO86fqT4g

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