LIFE DRAMA

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.

Project design

2.5 Project design

Project principles

  • Life Drama uses a rigorous research and evaluation framework
  • Life Drama is culturally-situated and participatory
  • Life Drama recognises the realities of each context in which our trainers work
  • Life Drama privileges a practical workshop-based approach to skill development (known as applied performance) to facilitate experiential learning, supported by other tools and techniques in an integrated manner
  • Life Drama values and actively incorporates indigenous performance forms
  • Life Drama aims for sustainability
  • Life Drama adds value to what is already happening in PNG in the areas of applied performance and health education
  • Life Drama's focus on social issues incorporates the community as well as the individual

Pacific Centre for Applied Performance

The Pacific Centre for Applied Performance (PCAP) is being established as part of the Melanesian Institute for Arts and Culture, on the Port Moresby campus of the University of Papua New Guinea.

PCAP is intended to provide a hub for applied performance activities in the Pacific, including Australia. PCAP brings together people who are working for social development through theatre, music, dance, and other performance forms.

Field research sites

Tari

ActivityPersonnelTime
Initial visit to commence community entry, establish relationships with key project drivers on the ground 2 Life Drama team members, 4 project drivers 3 day visit, November 2008
Community consultation 2 Life Drama team members, 4 project drivers, 22 community leaders 3 day visit, May 2009
Training 1 3 Life Drama team members, 4 project drivers, 15 additional program participants (teachers, church workers, youth workers, health workers, women’s leaders, community leaders). 1 week visit, June 2009
Training 2 4 Life Drama team members, 4 project drivers, 14 additional program participants (13 from Training 1 and 1 additional) 1 week visit, July 2009
Evaluation visit 1 3 Life Drama team members, 2 project drivers 1 week visit, November 2009
Training 3 To be arranged
Evaluation visit 2 To be arranged

Karkar Island

ActivityPersonnelTime
Initial visit to commence community entry, establish relationships with key project drivers on the ground 5 Life Drama team members, 3 project drivers 2-week period in Madang consulting with project drivers; 2-day visit to Karkar Island; January-February 2010
Community consultation and training 5 Life Drama team members, 2 Project Drivers, 19 Additional Project Participants (performance troupe members, teachers, health workers, community leaders) 10 day visit, June 2010
Follow-up Training / evaluation visit To be arranged

Port Moresby

Yet to commence