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.

Field research sites

1.8 Field research sites

Life Drama activities currently focus on three sites:

  • Tari (Southern Highlands Province)
  • Karkar Island (Madang Province)
  • Port Moresby (National Capital Distict)


Tari is situated in Southern Highlands Province, and is slated to become the capital of Hela Province when Southern Highlands Province is divided in two in 2012.

Tari is the first pilot site for Life Drama. The program in Tari has involved training 20 community leaders to conduct participatory drama activities with the groups they normally work with – school students, women, church youth groups, outpatients, PLWHA.

Karkar Island

Karkar Island is located off Madang, the capital of Madang Province, on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. Madang is the centre of operations for VSO Tokaut AIDS, recognised as one of the more successful recent campaigns in PNG using theatre to promote HIV and AIDS awareness.

Karkar Island is the second pilot site for Life Drama. It is planned to train a group of approximately 20 men and women, drawn from existing theatre troupes as well as community leaders, particularly teachers and church workers.

Port Moresby

Life Drama partners with the University of Papua New Guinea, based in Port Moresby. The Life Drama office has been established on the campus of the university, as part of the Melanesian Institute for Arts and Culture.

A third Life Drama pilot is planned for a settlement area in Port Moresby, in conjunction with work already being done by the Faculty of Creative Arts in Eight Mile Settlement. For further information on the existing project, visit