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Theatre for Change Pilot Program Evaluation

This is a pilot project evaluation on Theatre for Change (TFC); an innovative theatre workshop program for South Australian Defence and Emergency Service personnel.

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This is a pilot project evaluation on Theatre for Change (TFC); an innovative theatre workshop program for South Australian Defence and Emergency Service personnel.

The program is a joint initiative of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, veterans and emergency services charity Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA-formerly The Road Home, a charity of the Hospital Research Foundation), and the Office for Ageing Well, and is the first program of its kind in South Australia that has partnered with a professional theatre company.

The primary goal of the TFC program is for participants to have fun, increase social connections and enjoy learning more about the theatre and themselves. Thus, the program provides a creative outlet that gives participants an opportunity to express themselves in alternative ways when they might find communicating difficult, explore different personas and modes of behaviour, reduce isolation, increase social networks, and improve self-esteem opportunity to explore theatrical pathways.

  • Team/Investigators

    Ella Price (Military & Emergency Services Health Australia), Holly Bowen-Salter (Military and Emergency Services and Health Australia (MESHA)), Marie Iannos (Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA)), Bradley Kirkpatrick, Associate Professor Miranda Van Hooff (Military and Emergency Services and Health Australia (MESHA))

  • Funding Body

    Office for Ageing Well

  • Year Commenced

    2020

  • Expected Completion Date

    July 2021

  • Contribution

    In kind research capability to seek Ethics and conduct Evaluation

  • MeSH Terms

    evaluation, theatre, drama, mental health, wellbeing

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