Friday, 16 September 2016

Online Friendships and Sharing in People living with Serious Health Conditions: A Powerful Play and Informal Discussion - Saturday 24 September 2016

You are warmly invited to attend this Festival of the Mind event concerned with highlighting the experiences of people with serious health conditions and the support and friendship that can be found in online forums.  Our aims are to:
  • Raise awareness of the benefits and risks of online forums for people with serious health conditions  
  • To bring to life the human stories of people experiencing serious health conditions who develop friendships in the virtual world
  •  To explore how trust and empathy develops within the online world    

The play explores the experiences of women living with breast cancer in a unique on-off performance.  The script is based on the findings of research that analysed threads on the Breast Cancer Care online forum and interviews with forum users.  This event is a collaboration between the Space for Sharing research project and the Dead Earnest theatre company.

There will be an informal discussion afterwards to talk about online sharing, led by Professor Peter Bath from the Space for Sharing project. 

Who is it for?
This event will appeal to anyone interested in viewing an inspiring theatrical performance; but it may appeal especially to people experiencing serious ill-health, their families and friends, and health practitioners from any discipline.
This interesting and inspiring event is free to attend.  No booking is required, just turn up on Saturday 24 September 2016, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool.
Further information can be found on the Festival of the Mind webpage or you can contact or

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