Supporting your health and wellbeing through creativity

Theatre for Life is an arts organisation working with marginalised groups, NHS, mental health charities, educational providers & the wider community through specialist creative and health programmes.

We make theatre with the community for the community, with a strong focus on shared experiences and improved physical and mental health.

We believe access to the arts and culture helps us to live well in our communities, playing a valuable part in helping to tackle some of the most challenging social and health conditions.

Therapeutic and restorative programmes which use the arts and collaborative theatre. As an experienced organisation advocating wellbeing, we also have a consultancy agency for organisations & the educational sector looking to integrate creative health & theatre into their programmes. Social prescribing, community & educational packages.
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Your Brain Explained 

2023 - 2024 

During the research and development phase of Your Brain Explained we had the pleasure of collaborating with remarkable young people from Southampton and Portsmouth. Together, we embarked on an interactive journey into the complexities of neurons and cerebral connections that make up the four distinct parts of our brains - cerebrum, cerebellum, limbic system, and brain stem.Thanks to the openness of these young people, we gained invaluable insights into some of the impulsive behaviours that we all exhibit, which can sometimes hinder our ability to perform at our best.

Through the use of theatre and neuroscience, we explored a world of mindless phone scrolling, sleepless nights, and an inability to concentrate in school, all of which contribute to higher levels of anxiety and poor lifestyle choices. It became clear that this universal story was pervasive among us all, with technology and social media being at the heart of our fixation.

According to Alzheimer's Research UK, simple adjustments to our lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of non-genetic dementia by 40%. "Your Brain Explained" offered an interactive glimpse into our brains, empowering us to make healthy choices for our future wellbeing.

We visited 18 schools, colleges, charities and youth organisations in Hampshire with our FREE production between October - December, 2023 with a community performance at MAST Mayflower Studios.

FOR 2024:  AVAILABLE TO BOOK ONSITE IN YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR ORGANISATION


Enquiries:
enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk

Supported by Alzheimer's Research UK Inspire Fund 
National Lottery Community Funding 

 

 

   

When Puberty meets Menopause 

2023 - 2025

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a Propel Associate as part of the NEW Propel Associate Artist programme at MAST Mayflower Studios. 

During our twenty months as a Propel Associate, we will be developing our creative health project ‘When Puberty meets Menopause’ with fellow artists & with the support of mentors at MAST. 

We will be using recorded interviews and real stories gathered through our recent University of Southampton funded research project as the main focus for our verbatim inspired play. 

Collective voices and powerful advice captured during eight focus groups have provided an important insight into how different generations can support each other from puberty to menopause.

Supported by LifeLab (University of Southampton) 
MAST Mayflower Studios 
 

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NEW CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT - FREE YOUTH PROGRAMME

Febuary - August, 2024


GENERATION ANTHROPOCENE - FREE Youth Led Community Project 

We are looking for young people aged 14-25 years old who are interested in participating in an interactive, and hands-on programme focused on climate science and conservation. Our goal is to investigate the impact of climate change on local communities in Southampton and the New Forest. We will also be exploring the benefits of being outside in nature to improve our overall health and wellbeing.

You can choose from 12 sessions, where you will work with climate scientists, park rangers, and marine biologists in the New Forest, Southampton, and coastal areas to study the direct impact on our environment. In the second year (Sept 24-25), we will hold eight youth consultancy sessions to explore the creation of a play.

We will use your experiences to develop an original theatre performance that will address potential threats and provide solutions to mitigate them. Join us and be a part of this exciting community initiative!

***We will cover all travel costs and will provide assisted travel to locations 

NEW CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT - YOUNG PERSON REGISTRATION 

NEW CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT - PARENT / GUARDIAN REGISTRATION (14-18 years old) 


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2022 Youth led Climate Change programme - Documentary

Podcast recording with the University of Southampton


Enquiries: enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk

Supported by New Forest National Park Authority 
National Lottery Community Funding 


    

Roots & Branches

2022 - 2023

Roots & Branches is a collaborative, intergenerational and creative project between Theatre for Life, Solent Mind, Remind Dementia services and Mayfield Nurseries.

Roots and Branches celebrates real life stories across 70 years which have been shared by our dementia groups and retold through devised theatre by our youth theatre company. Recorded audio and verbatim theatre captured during interviews with our groups has been delicately weaved into the production to also raise awareness around living with dementia.

In 2023 we will be offering a free tour of Roots and Branches to local care homes and dementia groups across Hampshire.

Enquiries: enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk

Supported with National Lottery Community Funding.

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Credit James James Dunham - ITV News Meridian

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