'In Control' is a partnership with Queen Mary's University London and the Blizzard Institute, Barts, and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.  First toured in 2018, 'In Control' educates young people to be aware of the seriousness of a treatable illness such as asthma, empowers young people to take responsibility for managing their own health and teaches others to support these young people, rather than see them as victims.

'In Control' is part of a wider programme and schools based study to assess:

  • Degree of asthma symptoms and control, and;
  • Underlying causes of poor control.

Building on this data evidence, as well as on a systematic review and focus group discussions: multi-faceted complex intervention to improve life for young people with asthma.

The model of a short play (40 mins and then a 30 minute workshop) has already toured to over 40 schools across London, reaching over 5000 young people in Years 7 & 8.

'In Control' will tour the UK/London again  in October and November, 2019.

The partnership with Queen Mary's University London started as the commissioning of a short film entitled, 'Breaking the Jump'

'In Control' is now part of the ACACIA Programme (Achieving Control of Asthma in Children in Africa)

This programme will take a new version of the play to be piloted across 6 countries, including Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe with young people from local theatre companies on the ground, supported and enabled by Director Jeremy James, and writer Tunde Euba. This is in the context of:

  • Asthma prevalence in African children is on the rise;The proportion
  • The proportion of children aged 13 to 14 years who have ongoing symptoms of asthma is 10 to 20% in Central Africa and over 20% in South Africa
  • The rise in asthma rates has been connected to increased urbanisation
  • Little is known in African communities about the degree of asthma symptoms or asthma control.

The first group meeting for the ACACIA programme met in Tanzania in June 2019.