Project Team

Project direction

Lucinda Jarrett is project lead, co producer of all performances, responsible for all partnerships and overseeing the legacy of the processes in a sustainable model in the community. She is co director of Rosetta Life and co director of The Knowing Body Network a new national alliance of 40 dance practitioners working in health.

Chris Rawlence, Lyricist and Director of BBC2 Oliver Sacks neurological journey series – The Mind Traveller – is co producer of the Stroke Odysseys performances at the Creative Research Workshop.  He will also produce and direct the film documentation of the processes of all stages.


Orlando Gough is the composer and musical director of Stroke Odysseys is Orlando Gough who wrote the music for Stroke Odysseys (Derry) 2013.  He writes music mostly for the theatre – operas, plays, dance pieces, musictheatre  He directs the left-field choir The Shout, and devises and directs large-scale site specific choral pieces. He and Chris Rawlence have a strong track record of collaborating on Music in health projects.

Elizabeth Mansfield trained at the Elmhurst Ballet School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later classical singing at the City of Leeds College of Music. She has played many leading roles in plays and music theatre in UK regional theatres and the West End, winning an Olivier nomination for 'Best Actress in a Musical' in 'MARIE', and 'Best Actress' for the Sony Radio Awards, when working for the BBC Radio Drama Company. In 2001, she founded Ensemble with her partner Steve Trafford and now devotes most of her time to writing, producing and performing for the company. She last worked with Rosetta Life on the 'Book of the Dead' project.

Melanie Pappenheim is a singer and performer who has worked with many leading theatre and dance companies. Recent work includes the premiere of Graham Fitkin’s song cycle Disco at the Cheltenham Music Festival and several performances in NYC of Here All Night a new music theatre production by the Gare St Lazare Players featuring text by Samuel Beckett and music by Paul Clark. She was a founder member of Orlando Gough’s ‘big band’ choir The Shout.

Ben Duke is Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog. His work explores the overlap and transition between Dance and Theatre. Ben is a Work Place artist at The Place, was Associate Artist at South East Dance 2012-14 and recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011. In 2016 Ben won the National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).

Evaluation Team

Professor Mark Cropley is Professor of Health Psychology and Director for Research, School of Psychology, University of Surrey. He is leading the psychological evaluation of the first phase of the project.

David McDaid is Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics and Health Policy and A-La Park a Health Economist at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE. David and A-La have extensive experience in both the UK and internationally in evaluating the cost effectiveness of health promoting interventions particularly in the area of mental health.

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Dr Laura Simonds Laura is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. Laura is experienced in conducting research on anxiety and depression in clinical and non-clinical populations.

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Richard Mason is a Knowledge Exchange Associate at the Cultural Institute at King's College London. In this role he works to foster collaboration between academics at King's and partners in the culture and technology sectors. Richard is also completing a PhD in literature in the French Department

Project co ordination

Manuela Gouveia