Development of 'The Starman, The Superheroes and The Wizards', a play by William Johnston

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


The Renal Arts Group have been awarded funding from Arts Council of Northern Ireland to develop William Johnston’s script for ‘The Starman, The Superhero and The Wizards’, working with award-winning playwright and producer Shannon Yee. Shannon will provide bespoke mentoring to William to develop the script, offer read-through sessions for group members to provide feedback, which will culminate in a performance of the play in a theatre space with professional actors. The performance will become part of a larger body of patient-led work that will be taken to international conference to highlight the benefits of the arts for patients with kidney disease.

As part of this project we will be offering a series of scriptwriting workshops, facilitated by Shannon, to all our group members, their families, carers and the wider renal community. The workshops will offer the opportunity to develop script-writing and creative writing skills, and also open up the conversation around organ donation, living with chronic illness, life on dialysis, life post-transplant, and how creative writing and engaging with the arts can be beneficial to the individual's journey.

The project aims to raise awareness and educate audiences of the realities of living with chronic disease and the importance of organ donation, and to encourage patients with chronic illness, including kidney disease, to explore the arts as a beneficial component of their rehabilitation by engaging with the performance and providing feedback on their experience.
Period01 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Arts and Health
  • Organ donation
  • Drama
  • Chronic Illness