Long COVID Wellness Project

The Old Vic’s Long COVID Wellness Project will investigate the benefits of engaging with the arts to support those with long COVID.

This research-based intervention will work with specialised movement and voice consultants and health practitioners to create a six-week programme working with 10 adults with long COVID. The weekly sessions will focus on how we can use movement and breathing techniques to support fatigue, muscle and body aches, loss of strength and balance issues.

The project will start with a detailed three-month research period to gain insight on the impact of long COVID on individuals’ day-to-day lives, mental health and wellbeing.

This research will inform our Movement Consultant and Voice Consultants as they co-create six weekly workshop sessions that will be offered for free and delivered in person, government restrictions permitting.

As part of this programme, we will host supporting video workshops that can be used independently and accessible to all, on our Education Hub.

  • Research period: 31 Aug–03 Dec 2021
  • Applications/referrals open: 22 Nov–08 Dec 2021
  • Workshop delivery, one per week: 17 Jan–25 Feb 2022

Charlie Hughes D’Aeth

Charlie Hughes D’Aeth will be Voice Consultant on this programme. Charlie graduated in Drama at Exeter University. She then qualified in Voice from Central School of Speech and Drama and has an MA in Dramatic Writing from Sussex University. Before joining the RSC in 2009, Charlie was a director and playwright, and taught on MA and undergraduate courses in London drama schools. She has worked with National Youth Theatre and the education departments at the National Theatre and Clean Break Theatre as well as teaching Voice and Presentation Skills with The Green Party and businesses including Deloitte, Jaguar Motors, HBOS and Zurich Insurance. During Lockdown, Charlie ran online sessions for managing anxiety and set up The Love and Loss Café in Brighton.

Theatre includes: Camp Siegfried, 4000 MilesLungs, A Very Expensive Poison, Present Laughter, The American Clock, A Monster Calls, A Christmas Carol, Woyzeck, ‘Art’, Groundhog  Day, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional (The Old Vic); Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic/West End); The Divide(The Old Vic/EIF); The Gods Weep (RSC/Hampstead); The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (RSC/Shakespeare in a Suitcase tour); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: The Musical (Leicester Curve); Jerusalem (Exeter Northcott). Charlie is Consultant Text and Voice Coach for the RSC’s Matilda the Musical (Resident 2009–14) and was Resident Voice Coach for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End 2013–17.

Rachael Nanyonjo

Rachael Nanyonjo will be Movement Consultant on this programme. Rachael is a British Ugandan choreographer, director and movement director working in the U.K. and internationally. Rachael holds a BA Honours in Dance Studies Roehampton University and a Masters in choreography from Middlesex University. Rachael is a One Dance UK Trailblazer Fellow in addition to being a British Council & Arts Council Artists intentional fun recipient and the movement director on attachment at the Old Vic on Old Vic 12 (2017). Rachael has just been appointed an associate artist at Bristol School of Acting starting 2022 where she shall be working with their B.A. Honors students to develop their knowledge and skills in theatre, in addition undertaking research and development on new projects with the support of the school.

Movement & Choreography for Theatre includes: The Divide, Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic); Misty – Nominated for an Oliver Award (West End); Trouble in Mind (National Theatre); Purple Snowflakes & Titty Wanks (Royal Court/The Abbey, Dublin); Love Reign, Changing Destiny, In a Word, American Dream (Young Vic); Death of a Black Man, Either (Hampstead);  Cinderella (Nottingham Playhouse); Spine (UK tour); Great Expectations (NYT at Southwark Playhouse); Two Trains Running (ETT/Royal & Derngate); Does My Bomb Look Big In This (Soho/Tara Arts); Babylon Beyond Borders (Bush Theatre); Macbeth (Orange Tree); The Jumper Factory (Young Vic/Bristol Old Vic); Sleeping Beauty  – Nominated for The Black British Theatre Best Choreographer Award (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse/Theatre Royal Stratford East); Bernstein’s Mass (Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre); Twilight (Gate Theatre).

  • Applicants will need to be referred by a Health Practitioner and have a diagnosis of long COVID
  • Age 18+ and living in London
  • We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have limited access to the arts
  • This project is fully accessible. We will discuss any access requirements you may have before the project begins and ensure appropriate support is in place

Research: During the three-month research period, we would like to speak to a variety of people who are experiencing long COVID or who have an interest in this area of arts and healthcare. We will be running focus groups and conducting interviews via zoom, phone and in person. Email ovcommunity@oldvictheatre.com to register your interest

Applications/referrals will open on 22 Nov 2021


If you have any questions, please email ovcommunity@oldvictheatre.com

Supported by MariaMarina Foundation


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