Rats in the Sofa shares people’s stories and is a great example of how extraordinary people with their own ‘lived experience’ have created a show about safeguarding and used it to connect with others in similar situations.
Rats in the Sofa isn’t just a performance. It blurs the boundary between audience and performers and creates a safe space for people to share their experiences and ideas about how to keep each other safe and how to support adults at risk of abuse of self-neglect.
The project was coproduced by Made by Mortals CIC, local people, Healthwatch Oldham, Age UK Oldham and Adult Social Care and jointly funded by the Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
The performance is just the start. We are planning lots more conversations and connections with a wide range of local people to look at how we reduce safeguarding incidents. We are also planning more musical theatre performances as a way of sharing people’s stories with front line staff and commissioners, ensuring that the views of local people are at the heart of Oldham’s safeguarding practice.
We would like to thank all the talented and professional actors from the Johnny Barlow Theatre Company who brought this performance to life and created such an exciting and successful event.