Rats in the Sofa 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.
The project was commissioned by the Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board and jointly funded by Healthwatch Oldham, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Turning Point, Oldham Council, Oldham CCG, Greater Manchester Police and Age UK Oldham.
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.