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These statistics came in from the Arts Council blog today...it's stuff we've been saying for years, but at least it is starting to be acknowledged by the mainstream agenda:

"Creativity in all its forms is an essential part of being human and vital for wellbeing. More research is needed, but a series of high-quality studies are emerging which show the health benefits of cultural activities – whether that’s picking up a book, visiting a museum or joining a choir. A recent influential Parliamentary report, Creative Health, found that one arts on prescription project administered by the charity Artlift led to a 37% drop in GP visits and a 39% reduction in hospital admissions. This produced a net saving of £216 per patient.

Off the back of similar evidence, programmes are starting to roll out across the country. Dance for Health, a dance-based fall prevention programme for older people, has a completion rate between 27% and 42% higher than programmes based on repetitive, less creative exercise. Put simply, the participants have more fun when they dance so they stick to the programme. Similarly, Reading Well, a books-on-prescription programme, reported that 83% of participants experiencing mental ill health felt better able to understand their conditions, and 68% felt that their symptoms had improved."
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This stage routine seems appropriate to post today: it is an example of magnificent comic timing, acute awareness of the audience and a brilliant debunking of macho masculinity. I find it both moving and inspiring... www.youtube.com/watch?v=10dmK7O-KSYWindsor Davies and Don Estelle Singing Whispering Grass ... See MoreSee Less

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Just to let you know that at 9PM, on Monday 17th December, on BBC2, I shall be presenting a short insert about the history of pantomime as part of a series called 'Inside the Factory': I'm on with the lovely Ruth Goodman... ... See MoreSee Less

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A series about making stuff - this one is a Christmas special about making sweets... I amd doing an insert film with Ruth about pantomime (loosely relating to sweets!) ... See MoreSee Less

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Promenade Promotions

So at last our 2018 season comes to an end, after a fabulous 5 days of half-term shows with The Imaginarium as part of Exeter 'Exetreme Imagination Festival'. Many thanks to everyone who has performed with us this year and to the thousands of audiences we have met - from all ages, backgrounds and locations...it's been a ball. See you again in 2019! ... See MoreSee Less

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