'Don't Smile' The Cohesion Project

The COHESION Pilot offers an exciting new way of working to build innovative theatre and pioneer new partnerships. It brings patients, dentists, scientists, dental students, performance art students and theatre practitioners from Theatre of Debate working in ‘an artist in residence-style’ approach together to develop an inspired piece of theatre to publicise research findings and through debate raise awareness.


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'Don't Smile' - The Cohesion Project

'Don't Smile' - The Cohesion Project

Interview with Prof Sue Pavitt

Interview with Prof Sue Pavitt

Interview with Playwright

Interview with Playwright

Interview with Dr Peter Day

Interview with Dr Peter Day

Interview with Katie Mahon Cast

Interview with Katie Mahon Cast

Interview with Harry Duff-Walker Cast

Interview with Harry Duff-Walker Cast

Interview with Katie Maddison Cast

Interview with Katie Maddison Cast

Interview with Lily Craig Cast

Interview with Lily Craig Cast

Interview with Delia Muir Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow

Interview with Delia Muir Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow

Interview with  Nigel Townsend

Interview with Nigel Townsend

'Don't Smile' - The Cohesion Project

The COHESION Pilot offers an exciting new way of working to build innovative theatre and pioneer new partnerships. It brings patients, dentists, scientists, dental students, performance art students and theatre practitioners from Theatre of Debate working in ‘an artist in residence-style’ approach together to develop an inspired piece of theatre that is a vehicle to publicise research findings and through debate raise awareness of oral public health knowledge and dental research with the public and local community.

The purpose of the COHESION Pilot was primarily to disseminate Prof Jen Kirkhams world-leading research on the genetics of Amelogenesis Imperfecta (AI) a group of inherited disorders resultingin abnormal tooth enamel formation. In addition it showcases qualitative research (Dr Mighell & Prof Pavitt) that explored the social and psychological impact of living with AI.

The potential translational research (self-assembling peptides and filling without drilling) being pioneered at School of Dentistry offer treatment hope for patients with this painful and disabling condition.

Interview with Prof Sue Pavitt

Professor Sue Pavitt (Leeds University) discusses the most recent award winning project; 'Don't Smile' - The Cohesion Pilot

Interview with Playwright

Award winning playwright Judith Johnson talks about how she succesfully transformed dentistry into theatre and the complications of writing the script for the Cohesion Pilot

Interview with Dr Peter Day

Interview with Dr Peter Day (Dental Paediatric Consultant at Leeds University) discussing his role in the Cohesion Pilot and development of the plays dental theme

Interview with Katie Mahon Cast

Katie Mahon Cast member talks about her experience of being involved in creating 'Don't Smile'

Interview with Harry Duff-Walker Cast

Harry Duff-Walker Cast member talks about his experience of being involved in creating 'Don't Smile'

Interview with Katie Maddison Cast

Katie Maddison Cast member talks about her experience of being involved in creating 'Don't Smile'

Interview with Lily Craig Cast

Lily Craig Cast member talks about her experience of being involved in creating 'Don't Smile'

Interview with Delia Muir Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow

Interview with Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Delia Muir discussing how the Cohesion Pilot enages the public.

Interview with Nigel Townsend

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