Important Person


Written by: Judith Johnson
CastingBlayne Kelly (Luke Brennan in the film On the Ball) 

In communities across the UK, the positive human spirit shines through, even in the most difficult of situations.  Ollie’s family lives in a high rise block of flats. His Dad had COVID-19 and was hospitalised. They could only speak on the phone during his stay and then his father lost his life.  He was approached to take part and told the team “I am not a guinea pig” but the family reflected on his reaction. 

When his Mum contracts COVID the family are forced to have the same conversation but have a chance to make a different outcome. Ollie’s and his Mum’s response to the call to take part in research at a time of intense grief and mental and physical stress, is an example to us all.  “Taking part isn’t about being posh - we’re all in it together”. 

How to use the videos

This initiative was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and produced in partnership with Theatre of Debate and the University of Leeds.  This video is part of a series of seven. Each video is approximately 8 minutes long.

You can view the videos by yourself, or as part of a wider group discussion or training session to talk about some of the issues facing the community over the past few months. 

The videos can be shared on many social media platforms (Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook) and we would encourage you to share with any individuals or organisations you feel would increase their reach.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to use the monologues or for any additional information or material you may need.

Background to the project

These films are the result of two workshops which explored the subject of the barriers and enablers to involvement in clinical trials from the perspective of the professionals and patients.  They aim to:

  • Help members of the public understand and appreciate the role that clinical trial research will play in ending COVID-19 pandemic
  • Explain the process of giving your permission to take part
  • By encouraging as many different communities to take part, we can ensure we find a treatment for everyone - but in order to do this, everyone must take part

Find out more about how to get involved in COVID-19 research.

These films are fictional pieces of storytelling drama funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The content of each film is an artistic interpretation based on authentic patient voices and therefore, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care or the collaborating organisations. 

It is always your decision to take part in a research study. So that you can make a fully informed decision about whether to take part, the research team will provide you with full information about the research, including the risks. While all research in the UK has to follow strict safety and ethical standards, every drug or treatment has some risks and the research team will inform you about these.