Image shown: Alan Flynn in The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair is a short film written, acted and filmed by five members of The Belong Club for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The project was facilitated by Waterford and Wexford Education & Training Board and led by artist Philip Cullen. The film will have its premiere during the Imagine Arts Festival on 16 October 2015.

Six participants drawn from the Belong Club attended a drama class run by WWETB  and were supported in devising the story by artist Philip Cullen. Set in a hospital common room used by long-term patients, the film’s themes include homosexuality, bigotry, alcoholism, love and bereavement.

The screening will include a panel discussion with participants, Helen Rafferty from the WWETB and artist Philip Cullen, moderated by ETB facilitator Sarah Bates.

Date: Friday 16 October 2015
Time: 8 pm
Venue: St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford
Booking: Free event (first come, first served)

Imagine Arts Festival 
15th-25th October 2015
Now in its fourteenth year, Imagine is a volunteer-led celebration of the arts in Waterford which takes place in late October of each year.  Acting as a platform for emerging as well as established artists, Imagine encourages awareness and participation in the arts through accessibility and value for money.

The Empty Chair will also be shown at a conference in University College Cork entitled ‘Critical Perspectives On and Beyond Psychiatric Diagnoses’. This conference takes place from 12-13 November 2015. For more information, see 


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