China Plate and Coventry University present

Humans Not Heroes

A unique co-creation project with professional artists, to represent healthcare worker experiences of Covid-19.

  • 8th December 2021 - 8th December 2022
  • By China Plate, Coventry University & Kerry Wykes
#AfterARun#HumansNotHeroes#MilesOfCorridors#Stopped#Thresholds

Content warnings: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

A black and white photograph of a persons face behind a plastic shield and glasses, dressed in full PPE.

"Moving, Cathartic, A special workshop to be part of"

Healthcare Worker Participants 2020

Drawing of a silhouette of a head side on with the text 'Coventry Creates' is overlaid on top.

Humans Not Heroes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Humans Not Heroes has seen five cohorts of healthcare workers each co-create an audio artwork based on their experiences of working throughout the ongoing pandemic. Participants have come from a variety of roles and experiences, from up and down the country. The full series of artworks will be available in Autumn 2022.

In December 2021, the Humans Not Heroes team premiered the first in the latest series of artwork, Thresholds by Rochi Rampal, as part of Coventry Creates. This series was born out of co-creation workshops that took place across Autumn/Winter 2021 with healthcare workers. This artwork will be the first of four, developed from a series of co-creation workshops that took place in 2021 with writers Caroline Horton and Rochi Rampal.

In addition to the artworks, the team have been sharing the processes and thoughts behind the work, including speaking at The People Place Power conference in December 2021, as well as at Resonate Festival.

Earlier this year, Humans Not Heroes was shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021 in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category.

The Humans Not Heroes project follows-on from a successful pilot project, Boats on an Ocean, run in 2020 as part of Coventry Creates. You can listen to Boats on an Ocean here.

If you would like to learn more about Humans Not Heroes, please contact Susan Wareham on susan@chinaplatetheatre.com

Funded by The Rayne Foundation and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Ethical approval granted by Coventry University.

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Creative Team

Writer and Director | Rochi Rampal
Actor | Urielle Klein-Mekongo
Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
Participant Co-creators | Multidisciplinary healthcare workers

Run Time: 8 minutes, 27 seconds
Age Guidance: 12+

CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

You can listen to Thresholds on the Coventry Creates website HERE.

There are some listening instructions available in our Downloads section, alongside a transcription of the audio.

If, after listening to this audio recording, you need to talk to someone about your experiences or someone you care about, there is advice and emotional support available from The Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free advice.

If you are a healthcare leader or manager, and want more advice on how to support your team, go to: www.supporttheworkers.org or contact us if you would like to use this resource with your healthcare team.

Stopped will be released in Autumn 2022.

Creative Team

Writer and Director | Caroline Horton
Actor | Tessa Parr
Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
Participant Co-creators | Multidisciplinary healthcare workers

Run Time: 8 minutes, 58 seconds
Age Guidance: 12+

CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

There will be a transcription of the audio available in our Downloads section.

If, after listening to this audio recording, you need to talk to someone about your experiences or someone you care about, there is advice and emotional support available from The Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free advice.

If you are a healthcare leader or manager, and want more advice on how to support your team, go to: www.supporttheworkers.org or contact us if you would like to use this resource with your healthcare team.

Miles of Corridors will be released in Autumn 2022.

Creative Team

Writer and Director | Rochi Rampal
Actor | Alison Belbin
Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
Participant Co-creators | Multidisciplinary healthcare workers

Run Time: 8 minutes, 30 seconds
Age Guidance: 12+

CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

There will be a transcription of the audio available in our Downloads section.

If, after listening to this audio recording, you need to talk to someone about your experiences or someone you care about, there is advice and emotional support available from The Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free advice.

If you are a healthcare leader or manager, and want more advice on how to support your team, go to: www.supporttheworkers.org or contact us if you would like to use this resource with your healthcare team.

I love the feeling after a run will be released in Autumn 2022.

Creative Team

Writer and Director | Caroline Horton
Actor | Hannah Boyde
Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
Participant Co-creators | Multidisciplinary healthcare workers

Run Time: 13 minutes, 23 seconds
Age Guidance: 12+

CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

There will be a transcription of the audio available in our Downloads section.

If, after listening to this audio recording, you need to talk to someone about your experiences or someone you care about,  there is advice and emotional support available from The Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free advice.

If you are a healthcare leader or manager, and want more advice on how to support your team, go to: www.supporttheworkers.org or contact us if you would like to use this resource with your healthcare team.

Creative Team

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Humans Not Heroes

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  • Research Associate and Joint Project Lead | Kerry Wykes
  • Joint Fundraising Lead | Kerry Wykes
  • Research Lead | Dr Sally Pezaro
  • Writer and Director | Caroline Horton & Rochi Rampal
  • Co-creator & trainer | Nick Walker
  • Psychologist | Dr. Liz Sparkes
  • Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
  • Actors | Alison Belbin, Hannah Boyde, Tessa Parr & Urielle Klein-Mekongo
  • Participant Co-creators | Multidisciplinary healthcare workers
  • Producer | China Plate
  • Funded by | The Rayne Foundation & Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Ethical approval granted by | Coventry University

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