Excellence in creative communications, health and wellbeing

We are a creative consultancy developing and delivering ideas to inspire, engage, inform, entertain and to improve communications on health, headed by Writer and Arts&Health Specialist Elspeth Penny

Course

Creativity courses to create a time capsule, to transform and get back in touch with yourself, and enjoy what's on your doorstep.

Stories

Podcasts, theatre, writing, graphic novel, prose.

Arts&health Projects

Bringing research and ideas to life, to stimulate debate and discussion, imaginative evaluation and public engagement.

2BU Productions’ projects are a bridge between creativity and health.

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At 2BU Productions, we wish you health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are continuing to strive for ways to keep learning and listening, to use our knowledge and experience, so that we can be of service any way we can.

Our Team

Our  team is made up of award winning professionals and consultants working in the creative industries, academia, medicine, TV, theatre or on-line. We work with organisations such as The Wellcome Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Nailsea Town Council, West of England Centre of Inclusive Living, EHCAP, The Technology Strategy Board, Bristol, Bath, Exeter and many other universities, Arts Council England, Discovering Blackdown Project, Regional Development Agency, the NHS and the BBC.

We strive for diversity by supporting disabled, vulnerable and/or neuro-diverse artists and members of the public, and enable their personal experience to influence every aspect of our work from inspiration to evaluation.

Diary

September 2020

This week we were pleased to hear that Silva Lining’s Care Plan made it to a long list of scripts for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. The draft we sent in was the last draft of our work in progress theatre script. It’s a podcast in production now, and even better!
Lovely feedback – ‘An interesting interrogation into care and neglect, especially surrounding the moral dilemmas of dementia care. The characters were funny and burst off the page – even Brain is full of charisma. I was a big fan of the play’s surreal elements.’
Find out more about the @SilvaCareLining #audiodrama #audiofiction #podcast read “The Story https://2buproductions.org/silva-linings-care-plan…/

 

August 2020

 
We’re making a drama podcast. Elspeth has been working with dramaturg Sara Davies, and the script has been getting better each time. Charlotte and Elspeth have been working on how to reach and serve our audience best. Euan McAleece (Maco) is working up a storm as Series Producer and Sound Engineer for the project.

 

June 2020

We’re honoured to have received funding from Arts Council England, to further a number of projects. One of these is to make our play Silva Lining’s Care Plan into a podcast. The play is about carers and care, so is highly topical – and a hugely important area to explore in these tricky Covid times.

May 2020

We’re excited to be making a free course in creative letter writing, Writing Without Rules. Get creative, get back to hand writing. For year 6,7 and 8 pupils (age 10-12) and their families. Great for home-schooling.

April 2020

Sending you all our warmest wishes for this tricky time. Keep safe, be well.

Here’s our last new newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/f34a48e18617/lockdown-and-the-coming-out-of-the-red-shoes

January 2020

Here’s a January blog post, featuring all the latest for Catch Your Breath Bristol including a virtual walk through of the exhibiton:

Catch Your Breath Exhibition and events, Winter 2019-20

2019 Nov

Script-writing: wonderful to be working with clinician Barny Hole at Bristol University to create script material using original data, and to direct them into short, acted vignettes, to act as focal points for discussion. These have been performed by actors at two events, a PPI day (patient and public involvement) in Fishponds, and a clinical conference at the Wills building in central Bristol. For more, see our Project page.

Catch Your Breath exhibition and workshop programme https://catchyourbreath.org/catch-your-breath-moves-to-bristol  has had a vibrant present in Bristol since September, for Life of Breath Project, starting with a launch at Southmead and many other activities. Some lovely feedback: 

‘A brilliant range of events, inventive and intelligent’. 

‘You were a great speaker – audible, succinct, interesting and measured (steady presence).’

‘What a rich, diverse and interesting array of exhibits and stories!’ 

Graphic novel: Elspeth’s own creative practice as an artist has recently been on her graphic novel, working with the steadying second opinion from graphic novelist Rachael Ball. She presented her work to 35 artists at the Laydeez do Comics meeting in Bristol in October. For more, see our Project page.

2019 July

In July, we ran a workshop, Elspeth, along with Dr Gene Feder and Dr Alice Malpass at the Storytelling for Health conference in Swansea. On display at the festival was “Suspended Breath” by Louise Jenkins, an art work which has been inspired by our Letter to the the Breath project. There was also the launch of a new paper by Alice and Elspeth freshly published in a special festival edition – Storytelling, Self and Society.

2019 June

Over Spring, Elspeth has been fortunate to have been nourished on a series of creative residentials, with storytelling as an ongoing theme. All of these have brought here own creative practice together with a wider storytelling for transformation theme.

  1. The first was Arts and Health South West’s Spring School on Storytelling and Young people’s mental health – an intensive residential school for health professionals, researchers and arts practitioners in a beautiful location in Dorset. Time for collaboration, action learning, and experimental practice.
  2. The second was Storyworks for film makers, at Cherry Orchards Bristol looking at the stories that tell us, “the descent”, then restorying the World with Kanada Gorla and Tina Sharman, organised for women film makers by Bristol film maker Esther May Campbell.
  3. The third was a graphic novel residency, run by Laydeez do Comics – which supportive critical feedback and clear direction from a small focused group. This was an inspiring, fun and creative weekend in the countryside near Grantham with graphic novelists Rachael Ball, Charlotte Bailey, Lou Crosby, Wallis Eates and Nicola Streeten, and Corinne Pearlman, Editor in Chief at Myriad Editions.

2019 April

Elspeth has a new temporary role, as one of two Exhibition Consultants for Life of Breath Project’s end of project exhibition ‘Catch Your Breath’ at Southmead hospital and beyond. She will be working part time alongside Dr Catherine Lamont Robinson, artist, researcher and honorary lecturer in the School of Social and Community Medicine at University of Bristol… we’ve had a number of wonderful first meetings. We can’t wait to get deep into the discussions, plans, ideas and practicalities of bringing them all into being along with other artists, clinicians and academics and staff at Southmead hospital.

2019 Delighted to announce that a new paper written by Elspeth Penny and Dr Alice Malpass, is now available Open Access: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17533015.2018.1555178. (Taylor Francis online). This comes out of our work with Wellcome Trust funded Life of Breath project. It is also due to be published in an issue of Arts & Health. 

2018-19  We’ve won funding from Life of Breath Project to pilot Letter to the Breath creative workshops in 3 schools.

2018 We won Arts Council England National Lottery funding to write, direct and preview a theatre play – Silva Lining’s Care Plan. Based on anonymised diaries kept by paid home carers who work with people with dementia, the work explores the world of the paid carer with the help of live music, plenty of mischief and a dose of tenderness. Special thanks to our partner Professor Justine Schneider at Nottingham University and all our wonderful cast and team, it’s been such fun. Onwards now to the next phase….

See trailer: Silva Lining trailer

 
 

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Testimonials

This is an award for the whole extended Life of Breath team, including your brilliant work with Alice! ... on the 2018 Heath Humanities Medal Inspiration Award that Life of Breath won.
Havi Carel
Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol and Lead Investigator of Life of Breath Project, funded by the Wellcome Trust
Thanks very much for the workshop and for these notes. I thought your room was buzzing with creativity and I loved how you introduced people to the ideas. I watched you working with xxx who gave the most bizarre answers (breath sounds like a lawnmower... !) and was really moved to see how gentle and non-prescriptive you were. I loved the pieces I saw (the box, the COPD one).
Havi Carel
Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol and Lead Investigator of Life of Breath Project
Your work has integrity, spark, deep undertones and wit, the work and you both have much to offer the world through your vision and writing.
Dr Alice Malpass
Senior Researcher, Bristol Medical School
Everyone involved as Commissioners of care services or as carers should immerse themselves in this play. You will forever see "Caring" in a new light. I was immediately captivated by the scene and the setting - familiar to me as a GP. Difficulty in gaining access to the patient’s house using door codes has been part of my lived experience for many years.
Dr Malcolm Rigler
GP (retired), Arts&health Campaigner
I have read the new Silva script. I so enjoyed it. The pace, the humour, the narrative – all came across vividly…I find that it drama continues to convery aspects of our research better than any other medium
Professor Justine Schneider
Professor of Mental Health and Social Care, University of Nottingham
Silva Lining’s Care Plan is a wonderful and moving exploration of the complex relationship between carer and cared for. Both heart-rending and laugh-out-loud, it takes you on a roller-coaster of an emotional journey through Silva Lining’s story, with many an amusing aside from her Brain.
Alex Coulter
Director, Arts & Health South West. Chair, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
On an event we ran at The Arnolfini, Carmen remembers it two years later: "I went to something at the Arnolfini a few years ago, it was amazing - each of the guests and artists we were participating with were great. The whole thing was enlightening and inspiring and fun. I remember a dancer and Chris from Green Ginger showing us puppet breath. I still have my paper thing, an origami ball…”
Carmen Gabriele
Tobacco Factory staff member
The conversation between Silva Lining and her carer, the profound insights and astonishing puppetry engaged me throughout out.
Professor Gene Feder
Professor of primary health care Centre for Academic Primary Care Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School

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