An Actor met a Professor of Public Health

Interdisciplinary conversations between artists and academics

The Only Way is Up

Actor and Artistic Director of Idiot Child Susie Riddell created 'The Only Way is Up' in response to her conversation with Stephanie Taylor

This is how she got there...

Susie Riddell
Professor Stephanie Taylor

Susie Riddell is co-Artistic Director of the theatre company Idiot Child, which she runs with Anna Harpin. She has produced and/ or performed in all of the company’s productions which include i could’ve been better; You’re Not Doing It Right; and What if the plane falls out of the sky? Susie trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She plays Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. She has twice been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company and her extensive radio work includes major roles in Ulysses, Frankenstein, and The Great Gatsby. Theatre includes Other Desert Cities (The Old Vic), The Brummie Patrocleia (Arcola), The Bad One (Birmingham Rep) and Macbeth; The Tempest; The Taming of the Shrew; and Twelfth Night (all Oddsocks Productions). TV includes Gavin & Stacey, Doctors, Emmerdale and Saxondale. Susie sings with the City of London Choir and enjoys a good game of netball.

Steph Taylor is Professor in Public Health and Primary Care at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, where she is Deputy Dean for Research Impact.  She is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Barts NHS Trust and at Public Health England. She is a recognised expert in supporting self-management for people with long term conditions, particularly respiratory conditions and chronic pain. Her research focuses on reviewing and evaluating complex interventions to support those living with long term conditions including people living with and beyond cancer.  “I am passionate about applied health research and about supporting high quality research to benefit patients and the public.  I also find research inherently interesting and creative.”

'What if the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?' by Idiot Child
'Whole home exercise intervention for depression in older care home residents (the OPERA study): a process evaluation' by David R Ellard, Margaret Thorogood, Martin Underwood, Clive Seale and Stephanie JC Taylor
ON 15 July 2020, Susie and Stephanie HELD THEIR CONVERSATION
ON 15 July 2020, Susie and Stephanie HELD THEIR CONVERSATION

on 'What if the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?'

on audience, fears, and interactive theatre

on Public Health England ....and a chance encounter at the Old Vic

You've been thinking a lot about care homes at this time, from your perspective working in Public Health England...

Susie Riddell

on Stephanie's research in care homes

How do you decide what you're going to research? I was amazed by the scope of the study!

Susie Riddell

on expectations of crisis

tell me about the Archers!

Stephanie Taylor wrote this piece in response to her conversation with Susie Riddell