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"To get up on stage and do anything in front of another person wouldn't be for me, but now I just don't care what anyone thinks about me- I just go for it"

Brainwaves was a creative project working with members of the stroke and brain injury community in the Donegal/Derry area. Using music, movement and poetry as tools for self-expression stroke and brain injury survivors worked with leading artists Sarah Murphy and Jessica Peoples to co-create and perform a new work that supports their recovery and wellbeing in March 2022.

In response to Covid-19 the project has explored how to work in a blended, online/offline way and is part of a wider national research project led by Rosetta Life and Kings College London. Brainwaves is part of Rosetta Life’s Brain Odysseys and locally is led by partners Wall2Wall Music, Different Strokes For Different Folks, Donegal Local Development Corporation and The Playhouse.

The informal sharing performances were held on the 3rd March ZoNa Dance Company Donegal and 10th March here at The Playhouse, and were the results of an initial twelve week intervention in which participants met once a week over Zoom and face-to-face to create this new work.