The Bread Nose program and method is created to be employed by art therapist and humor therapy/clown practitioners to join hospital patients in kneading and baking red noses made of bread (and died with edible dye). Indeed, the word “bread nose” already is a humorous play of words related to the red nose used by clowns. These edible noses enable the humor therapists to develop a whole new rich range of sketches, role games, and engagement techniques, since the use of edible items and the touch of making food and especially bread adds a whole new dimension to the way relationships can evolve in a hospital and other gloomy environments.
The Bread Nose method first evolved in the Bread Houses Network’s initiative in the biggest Russian children hospital in Moscow in 2010, when we successfully applied our Theatre of Crumbs method mixed with the Bread Nose method. This took place after we had participated in a training in humor therapy led by its creator, Patch Adams, in an international seminar organized by the World Health Organization in Peru in 2009. At the Russian hospital, we engaged doctors and children patients and their parents to make bread and create edible puppets and bread noses and come up with funny story/theater plot: the whole multi-sensorial experience literally transformed the whole space and the both patients, parents, and doctors! And the aroma of hot bread made even patients from other floors to came up and search for this most pleasant and soothing aroma!
We are currently working towards introducing the Bread Nose program to hospitals in Bulgaria, but the initiative evolves slowly due to various bureaucratic obstacles and, in many ways, the former communist culture still dominating many hospital institutions. But we will not give up!
And we hope to cooperate with more international organizations already working in the field of humor therapy and clowning in hospitals across the globe, in order to enrich with the Bread Nose method and program other existing practices or start new programs. Please, contact us for future cooperation ideas!