The Life Drama Project makes use of applied theatre & performance techniques to promote sexual health & wellbeing in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Northern Australia.

Applied Theatre and Performance for Social Innovation

1.5 Applied Theatre and Performance for Social Innovation


Within PNG, there is a history of community theatre for social innovation, including work on promoting HIV awareness.

Life Drama researchers are interviewing performance troupes and community groups which use theatre and performance for this purpose.


Practitioners in many developing countries use applied theatre and performance to promote social objectives. Of particular relevance to Life Drama is work that uses drama for sexual health promotion. Example of applied theatre and performance for social innovation include:

  • Music for social innovation
  • Forum theatre
  • Community theatre
  • Digital storytelling
  • Radio soap-opera

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