Theatre for wellbeing and resilience in young people

Topic  How can Applied Theatre projects support the wellbeing and resilience of young people within secondary schools? – Helen Nelder, Applied Theatre practitioner and drama teacher

Date  Monday 17 February 2020

Time  1:15pm arrival for 1:30 – 3:15pm (with informal networking afterwards)

Location  TBC



Session Summary  Helen

Nelder’s MA research into Applied Theatre projects, the Academic Resilience Approach (ARA) (Hart and Williams, 2014) and mental health care provision for children and young people in schools, led her to examine the potential of Applied Theatre practices to create opportunities for relational resilience and to support young people to understand and address their own issues and concerns in secondary schools. In doing so, she hopes that such projects will be part of long-term social investment in schools, teachers and c


This session will give a brief definition of Applied Theatre and its connection through a social inclusion perspective with the ARA. Drawing on the theory and practice of Paulo Freire, contemporary theatre projects – ‘Brainstorm’ and ‘The Happiness Project’, and practical drama schemes of work, the session will highlight the potential (and problems) for projects in secondary schools from Helen’s experiences as a drama practitioner.

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Expires 2/18/2020

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