Mandy Precious, Engagement and Learning Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth, shares how social prescription – prescribing the arts or arts activities over medication – has impacted their organization and their community. Through their Our Space program, adults with addiction, homelessness, and/or mental health issues come to see productions and make their own work.
Mandy Precious is the Director of Engagement and Learning at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK. Previously she was the CEO and Artistic Director of the largest Youth Theatre in England. She was a freelance theatre maker, writer and project manager for 18 years working with communities from all backgrounds. Her work focuses on applied and community theatre, co-creating work with groups least likely to engage but often with the most interesting stories to tell.
She continues to pursue this work at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth overseeing approximately 50 projects across a team of 14. Current projects include This Land, a large community production that will be staged in June 2020 working closely with 30 members of the Wampanoag Tribe and 120 Plymouth UK citizens to represent a balanced version of the sailing of the Mayflower. Other significant current work is Our Space – a project that works with adults with multiple and complex needs using theatre as a tool to effect change; With Flying Colours – a million-pound project working to co-create new plays with children and Funky Llama an infrastructure project that provides access for adults with learning disabilities to age appropriate activities and training. She also holds a PhD in Educational Sociology, which explores social class and cultural reproduction.