Project team and partners

The following individuals and institutions are all key players in the project.

Core team

  • Professor James Thompson (PI) – Drama, School of Arts Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester;
  • Kate Maguire-Rosier - Postdoctoral Research Associate;
  • Réka Polonyi - Postdoctoral Research Associate;
  • Professor John Keady (CoI) – Professor of Older People’s Mental Health, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester;
  • Dr Jackie Kindell (CoI) – Visiting Lecturer, University of Manchester and Head of Allied Health Professionals and Social Workers, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Jenny Harris – Lead Artist, Manchester;
  • Dominique Davies – homecare worker and co-researcher;
  • Caroline Weimar – homecare worker and co-researcher;
  • Dr Kerry Harman (CoI) – Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychosocial Studies, University of London, Birkbeck;
  • Chloe Bradwell - PhD researcher and freelance circus artist, University of Exeter.


  • Birkbeck, University of London;
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Whitworth Art Gallery.

Board members

  • Maurice Hamington - Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University, USA;
  • Madeleine Bunting, Writer;
  • Amanda Stuart Fisher - Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre, RCSSD, University of London;
  • Dawn Edge - Professor of Mental Health and Inclusivity, University of Manchester;
  • Sarah Campbell - Senior Lecturer in Social Care and Social Work, University of Manchester;
  • Sara Donetto - social scientist and Senior Lecturer, Kings College London;
  • Alex Mermikides - Senior Lecturer in Arts & Health, Kings College London;
  • Julian Hughes - Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University.