LouDeemY Productions create and deliver exciting, unique and innovative multimedia performance, comedy, drama, theatre, poetry, film, photography and workshops.
Our work is meaningful, yet full of humour and the Theatre of Real Life provides us with plenty of material to work with. We are trained in writing, theatre, workshops and multimedia and are experienced with working with a wide range of groups.
From young people to mental health service users, the over 50’s, the unemployed and post-graduate social work students, our aim is to involve our audiences and participants; and to evoke response and thought, because we believe that creativity and art has a huge role in the learning, healing and change process.
We are a non-for-profit organisation, and rely solely on funding for our projects, and are dedicated to challenging misconceptions through creativity.
Our co-founders and directors are Louise (Lou) and Nadeem (DeemY), both freelance artists in their own rights, who have decided to merge their talent, skills, ingenuity and humour under the LouDeemY banner.
Louise: Philosophy/Politics Joint Honours B.A, ex-psychiatric nurse,(RMN, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing) counsellor, (Cert Individual and Family Counselling), MA in Research in Social Health Care, professional actor, ( training: Birmingham Theatre School and HND Community Theatre and Performing Arts) writer, poet, stand up comedian, published author.
Published works include two novels (the first funded by the Arts Council), play collections (drama, comedy), comedy manuscripts, short stories and poems.
Much of her work explores issues surrounding those individuals/groups often considered by society as in some way 'different.' Louise runs/co-runs many different groups: children/young people's groups, women's groups, mental health service-user groups, learning disability groups, and professional/voluntary groups (statutory, third sector in health, education, community, public services) using drama and creative writing as a means of engagement, communication and facilitating individuals’/groups’ exploration of their creativity, as well as a training tool where appropriate. These groups include a diverse range of individuals from all cultural, social, economic, health, age and gender orientation backgrounds.
Nadeem Chughtai is a photographer/film maker, theatre technician, performer, stand up comedian, workshopper, travel trainer.
Nadeem's own life and mental health experiences and subsequent involvement in mental health as a support for others, largely through the medium of the arts have developed Nadeem’s skills both in his multimedia work, engaging with individuals/groups, as a planner, organiser, and implementer of major projects.