The Boudiccae – by Dr Andrew N. Williams

‘The Boudiccae’ is a project created originally as a 9 voiced stageplay and now made by RIG Film Productions as a short film using 4 of the original voices. Composed of interlocking monologues of real life Northamptonshire (UK) mothers who have children with special needs.

It encapsulates what are major child health issues today; This includes managing chronic evolving complex disability, palliative care, child adoption, transition to adult services and acceptance of children with complex needs by their non-disabled peers.

The boudiccae poster

‘The Boudiccae’  highlights the families’ perspective and what they encounter when raising a child with complex health needs in the UK today.

Through Charlie we see a teenager with complex needs face the challenges of adult life as she dreams of becoming a wheelchair actress.

This film was created to teach compassion in the light of the Francis Report (2013). Its target audience is trainee healthcare professionals (medical, nursing, health visiting) whose limited experience of life means they have little to draw upon when faced for the first time with children with complex needs and their families.

Opportunities to meet the real mothers and actors behind ‘The Boudiccae’ can be made through the email below

Please email to discuss further.

Dr Andrew N. Williams,

Consultant community paediatrician

WellChild 2015 Doctor Award Winner

Email address    [email protected]

Acknowledgements

The film was produced by RIG Film Productions. The script was devised by Andrew N. Williams and the screenplay written by Andrew N. Williams and Darren White. The director is Darren White.

Northampton General Hospital Charitable Funds, Waitrose Community Fund (2 appeals), the Virtual Academic Unit and an anonymous donor funded the film.

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