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Nell Hardy & Response Ability Theatre present: NoMad Duty of Hope Workshops

A space for anyone with a ‘duty of care’ to own their ‘duty of hope’ – to themselves and to others.

Everyone needs you. Hardly anyone thanks you. No matter how hard things are for you, everyone you work with has it way harder than you. How do you look after yourself without shutting yourself off from the people who rely on you?

What to expect

This workshop is aimed at social and mental health service providers, and is suitable for anyone struggling to support someone in extreme need. It explores performance techniques for emotional availability and release, how to make them energising not draining, and how to integrate them into everyday practice to turn a ‘duty of care’ into a ‘duty of hope’.

Nell will be running a similar workshop aimed at service users. Your £5 ticket to this workshop enables participants with a history of homelessness or mental ill-health to access this workshop free of charge.

Trigger Warnings

Participants will be invited to reflect on challenging aspects of or moments in their lives and some may choose to share personal things, so we cannot guarantee what content will and will not come into the space. The group will be capped at 10 participants ensuring the space is safe and entirely confidential.

Please note that photographs will be taken throughout this workshop for use on R.A.T.’s website and future marketing. You will have the option on arrival of whether or not to consent to pictures in which you are recognisable being used in this way.

About Nell Hardy

Nell is an ex-homeless actor, writer, theatre-maker and facilitator living, laughing and loving with complex trauma. She started her career from an emergency hostel seven years ago, and if anything has gotten even less sensible since then. This is the inaugural project for her company, Response Ability Theatre (R.A.T.), which represents and supports people whose lives have been derailed by trauma: telling their stories on professional stages in collaboration with them, engaging audiences’ social awareness in visceral but compassionate ways, and working directly with survivors and their service providers to find creative routes to their renewed self-respect, ambition and hope.

Website & Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @Nellhardyactor


“an incredibly open space

Very fun as well as useful, which is important in a job that’s often very stressful.

great to work in an embodied way which helped release tension physically … This awareness has been insightful and engaging.

Nell Hardy’s show NoMad will also be showing at Poplar Union as part of Mindful Mess Festival on Tuesday 16 November.

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