Newsletter December 2022

Thank you for your ongoing support through 2022. As the year approaches its end, we would like you to join us in celebrating our combined achievements from the past 12 months.


Rosetta Life – 2022 from Rosetta Life on Vimeo.

Odysseys performance arts & ambassador programmes

Our partnership with SHAPER, the arts in health research grant funded by The Wellcome Trust and delivered through Kings College London, continued. Next year we look forward to sharing the outcomes of the Implementation Science research that has examined how arts and health programmes can be upscaled nationally. After two years of online working we were delighted to return to face to face workshops and were able to deliver two live performance programmes. In February we shared a new performance piece inspired by the work of Helen Frankenthaler at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and in the autumn, we took the show, A Newfound Mind, with a cast of 35 London Ambassadors, to a live audience of 200 at the Greenwood Theatre London.

Rosetta Life Spirals Roundhouse
Image: Spirals, Camden Roundhouse – London ambassadors.

The Wishing Well

In early 2022 we presented a co-created devised dance performance, to a packed house at Rich Mix London. The Wishing Well was co-created with patients from Accelerate CIC, who are living with lymphoedema. In August, the same group joined a week’s dance residency at The Place, London, where they added puppetry, costume and set design to their dance performance skills and developed key ideas for their next performance project.

Rosetta Life The Wishing Well RichMix
Image: @Foteini Wishing Well Cast – Accelerate CIC patient group


With a project grant from Arts Council England and support from Footworks,  we produced our first 360 immersive film. We collaborated with 14 international and UK partners, in seven partnerships, to explore writing poetry, sharing songs and 360 filmmaking.

Composer Jocelyn Pook and sound designer Steve Parr created a response to the young people’s stories on the theme of home and their immersive sound piece is a remarkable testimony to the power of the young people’s ideas and words. The film was nominated for the Jury Award at the UK FullDome festival in Plymouth and we hope to tour it widely in 2023.

Image: Bartholomew school viewing the film at in a full dome, Market Hall Plymouth.

A Small Mouse in a Large World

We worked with Bristol University, Southmead Hospital and Bristol After Stroke to develop a dance film to help widen awareness of vision impairment that many face after stroke.

Heart of Care

We delivered dance sessions with Bristol Black carers who have gone on to design a national project with us, with partnerships nationally in Tyneside and London, and internationally in India and Rwanda to raise the profile of unpaid carers. We are looking forward to developing these partnerships in 2023. For more information please see

Sometimes I Dream I am Dancing

In Reading, Ambassadors Performed their original performance, A Pilgrim’s Tale, at the University of Reading – they even filmed a boat trip along the Thames as part of their process and included film and animation in their final performance.

Throughout the pandemic we held online sessions and created monthly newsletters to keep ambassadors connected to each other. The Reading ambassadors curated an anthology of poems and artwork submitted by the national network of ambassadors, entitled Sometimes I Dream I am Dancing. The anthology was launched on National Poetry Day. It is a remarkable testament to the resilience and creativity of the communities we support. You can download a copy here or order one by emailing

Image: Poetry anthology front cover - image @Hazel Hammond
Image: Poetry anthology front cover – image @Hazel Hammond

Social prescribing: Healing Landscapes

We worked with the Museum of Rural Life in Reading to engage local organisations in poetry inspired by imagined, recollected and physically immediate landscapes as part of their Thriving Communities programme. We look forward to expanding these collaborations next year.

Image: Sonia and Martyn, University of Reading.

In Buckinghamshire we worked in the community with people who had experienced a stroke, supported by local musicians. Participants included the wonderfully talented staff choir at Wycombe Hospital and once again we were delighted to support their Christmas concert.

Our artists continued to deliver sessions on stroke wards in NHS hospitals in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London, supported by the ambassadors who brought their creative skills and lived experience of brain injury to the hospital wards

New team members

In 2022 we welcomed Mairead Ruane as Ambassador support coordinator and Karen Warner as Finance Manager

Mairéad Ruane
Mairead Ruane
Ambassador support coordinator
Mairéad recently completed MASc Creative Health at UCL and is now working with us and MIND. Mairéad is an award-winning mental health advocate and lived experience speaker with a background in short film production and co-production. Mairéad seeks to shape change in how health and mental health are imagined, treated and portrayed.

Karen Warner
Finance and Operations manager

Karen has been working in the voluntary sector as a finance manager for over 20 years. Primarily working with charities with a speciality in dementia and has transformed our financial operational procedures this year


You can fundraise for Rosetta Life or donate directly here; all donations support us in growing the work, delivering programmes on wards and in the community and supporting people in attending sessions where mobility or personal circumstances may limit access.

Image: Spirals, Camden Roundhouse – London ambassadors


Would your organisation like to sponsor our charitable work in 2023? If you represent or know of an organisation that is looking for a charity partner and the opportunity to support a fantastically ambitious small charity that is making a real difference to people’s lives, please contact us at


Funding our work:

Thank you to the following for supporting us in 2022:




Spirals from Rosetta Life on Vimeo.

SPIRALS shows what our Stroke Ambassadors learnt and achieved during lockdown.  40 participants living with brain injury explore how the idea of the spiral embodies their lived experience of illness. In this film, their own camerawork, lyric writing, singing, dancing and image-making witnesses the two-steps-forward-one-step-back story of recovery from brain-injury.  This remarkable performance shows what can be learnt and achieved online, under lockdown conditions,  and crucially, the welcome return of face-to-face live sessions when lockdown was finally lifted. This film and the accompanying live performance – A New Found Mind – premiered at the Greenwood Theatre in London Oct 19 2022 and will tour in London early 2023.

Room2Dream Promo image

Room2Dream immersive music and 360 film installation

Room2Dream is an immersive music and 360 film installation made by young people across the world, exploring the theme of Home.

Young people from fourteen centres across the world have worked together on a cycle of shared songs.  Through the eyes of young people, we are taken on a journey from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa, Gaza, Syria, India and Nepal to England and Scotland as they explore what home means for them.

A year’s collaboration between schools, children’s hospices, hospital schools and refugee centres involved creative writing, song making and 360 filmmaking.

Room 2 Dream 2 min trailer from Rosetta Life on Vimeo.

A youth leadership group with representation from all partners came together to write a single shared chorus.  A remarkable score in response to the young people’s poems and chorus has been created by composer Jocelyn Pook.

“The children have never before been listened to so well. The opportunity to make links and forge bonds with other young people across the world has been life changing for our students. They have learned that their voices matter, their creativity matters and they have been able to collaborate in a shared artwork that transcends country borders”
Jess Selfe, English Literature Teacher, Bartholomew School, Eynsham

Support the project and donate here –


Exploring the healing art of the carers’ touch through movement and dance with Bristol Black Carers and Rosetta Life.



Bristol 2022.  A vision dance – five people who are living in recovery from stroke explore the impact of their condition on vision. A simple dance reveals many hidden challenges.


ROOM TO DREAM has evolved from Dream a Difference – March 2019 – into a unique set of partnerships that enable children and young people from Syria, Rwanda, Uganda, England, Scotland, to share experiences of loss. With 360 degree camera, and on the ground know how, they have filmed sequences that have been edited into a 360 film that will be presented at the Full Dome Festival in Plymouth in Nov 2022.  Score by Jocelyn Pook.




SHAPER remains at the heart of Rosetta Life’s work with performance projects at the core of several creative residencies, on the stroke units of several London hospitals and stroke units in Bristol, Reading and High Wycombe.  Designed to test the feasibility of arts in health interventions on the NHS stroke pathway, Stroke Odysseys (Rosetta Life) is one of three projects being researched by King’s College, London.


LONDON HOSPITAL WARDS.  Having delivered Stroke Odysseys projects throughout the pandemic on stroke wards in hospitals in Bucks, we are delighted to be returning Stroke Odysseys Workshops to St Thomas’ Hosp in London.


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