What is Theatre of The Mind?
A theatre and wellbeing education program which uses active learning. This program supports early intervention and awareness by increasing knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in young people. It reduces stigma and improves awareness of self-resilience and coping strategies. It also cultivates a safe learning environment for participants to understand and connect with their emotions through drama and creative practice. Available as a 3-week Foundation or 6-week Residency.
After attending the Theatre of the Mind program, students will:
- Have an increased awareness and understanding of their feelings and their mental health and how to maintain it.
- Develop coping mechanisms to deal with transitional times in their life.
- Feel an increase in self-esteem and build on their skills in positive communication, assertiveness and confidence.
- Understand the very basics of theatre making and performance skills and learn how to think about situations creatively.
In this program, students will:
Feel – participants will explore emotions they feel in different situations, through creative active learning methods. They will develop a tool kit of strategies to help them negotiate stressful situations and promote good mental health and wellbeing during times of change.
Think – participants will feel more able to name feelings, understand how difficult situations make them feel and therefore be able to take a pause and think about how they will respond, without acting on impulse. They will therefore feel more equipped and resilient to deal with these situations.
Be Creative – participants will be given the space to explore and create new worlds using Forum Theatre methods; they will learn basic theatre making and performance skills and use these creative tools to help them think differently about situations, given them a greater depth of understanding and widening perspectives.
Outline of the 3-week Foundations program
Introduction – Things we say vs things we don’t, getting to know group and understanding the basics of active learning using forum and image theatre.]
Understanding Triggers – Developing a deeper awareness of their emotional responses to the things that trigger us in life. We also focus on peer to peer advice sharing on how different people deal with difficult situations.
Difficult situations – creating scenes and sharing them to the rest of the group. Peer to peer learning as the group will offer new perspectives and suggestions on how best to deal with the challenge, leading to facilitated discussion.