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02 March 2020

Celebrating mental health research: BRC in the Community

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) are hosting BRC in the Community, a week of events celebrating mental health research.

BRC in the Community

BRC in the Community takes place from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April, and will celebrate the amazing collaborations between the BRC and their community and engage more people with the importance of mental health research. Projects showcased will range from spoken word performance, to art displays from autistic artists, to a film about promoting mental health through social media. They will highlight the benefit of mental health research and are accessible to people from all different age groups, genders, backgrounds, and neurodiversities.

See more information about the series of events online

Events include:

A powerful portrayal of addiction and its consequences, Poisoned Polluted was written by actor Kathryn O’Reilly, and in it she explores the relationship between two sisters, played by herself and Anna Doolan. This is an emotional and disturbing play, which does not flinch from taking an honest look at addiction itself, but also on the effects it has on the family of the person with an addiction problem. The performance on Monday 30 March will be followed by a conversation, where the actors and stage manager will discuss the work in a panel also including Viv Evans, Chief Executive of the charity Adfam.

On Wednesday 1 April the BRC in the Community Showcase will take place at Peckham Levels, F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST from 18:00 - 20:00.  The showcase will include snippets of each projects punctuated by performances from the SWITCH Spoken Word project. This event is open to everyone and will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about mental health research at the BRC, talk to researchers and academics, and meet the amazing artists and performers behind each project. 

Nu Afrobeat and Dub Brixton-based band the Soothsayers are currently Artists in Residence at the BRC, where they have been working with researchers, clinicians and service users to explore the relationship between music and mental health. This performance on Friday 3 April at Bush House, Bush House (Strand Campus), 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG, celebrates that residency with a wide-ranging programme of music which will make you smile, think, and most importantly of all, dance.   

For more information about BRC in the Community please contact curator Dr Sally Marlow (, or Alex Booth ( and Serena Rianjongdee (