Phoenix Receives High Praise for Online Mental Health Project

Thurrock Council have praised Phoenix and Creative Director Phil Dale following the successful completion of an online project to gain insight into young people’s attitudes towards physical and mental health.

The project, entitled Boom, was designed by Creative Director Phil Dale and took place during the February Half-term and involved over 30 young people aged between 11 and 18. Phoenix recruited 3 artists to work with the young people across a range of online sessions; Theatre Director Michael Fentiman, who has recently been nominated for both an Olivier and a Grammy for his work on the new musical Amelie, Rapper and Lyricist Shauna O’Brien and Visual Artist Charlie Miller, who has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics.

Following completion of the project Adriana Cimpean, Participation and Engagement Manager for Children’s Services at Thurrock Council said, “The messages from these kids are so powerful and important and what they expressed says it all in terms of what this project meant to them and how positively transformative it was.” Ruth Murdock, the Strategic Lead for Children’s Services at Thurrock Council praised the projects “powerful and valuable insights”.

Phil Dale, Creative Director said “The pandemic and resulting lockdown has been a steep learning curve for everyone. I’m delighted that we’ve proven through our online classes and projects such as this that we can continue to create exceptional work even in the most difficult circumstances.”

All the online sessions were recorded and on completion Phoenix were also engaged to create a short film about the project and its impact on those involved.

View the final film below.