Projects

Working with the community

We are always open to discussing innovative project opportunities, using the arts and creativity to develop participatory and community led programmes.

Placed based partnerships with different sectors has been at the forefront of our work, responding to and enriching the lives of our local communities through creativity.

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Youth Social Action

Empowering young people and using their voices to inspire our work.

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Intergenerational & Community Projects

Connecting younger people with older people with dementia.

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Health & Wellbeing

Improving physical and mental health through the power of creativity.

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Your Brain Explained 

2023

During the research and development phase of "Your Brain Explained," we had the pleasure of collaborating with remarkable young individuals 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 insight 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.

The play's creation was an opportunity to candidly discuss brain health, specifically capturing Charlie's inner sense of restlessness and his potential ADHD diagnosis. It was an opportunity to highlight the importance of supporting those living with dementia, which we weaved into the story of Charlie and his Aunty.

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" offers an interactive glimpse into our brains, empowering us to make healthy choices for our future wellbeing.

We are visiting 18 schools, colleges, charities and youth organisations in Hampshire with our FREE production between October - December, 2023. 


Enquiries: enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk

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

 

 

   

Roots and Branches

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

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2023
Dementia activity groups & care home tour
To book email: enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk

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Regeneration

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Regeneration was a joint initiative between Southampton Children’s Hospital and Theatre for Life to support children and young people to engage with arts, culture, nature, advice and physical activity.

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Consultancy Projects

Regeneration

Theatre for Life was a core partner with Southampton Children’s Hospital.

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Publications

Featured in the Arts Council England Creative Health and Wellbeing: Case Studies 2022.

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"The PEEER Youth Service at Southampton Children’s Hospital support young people living with long-term health conditions and we have had the opportunity to work with Theatre for Life and Michelle on a number of occasions. The workshops and projects Michelle has delivered for us in the past have allowed young people to tap into their own creative tools and find ways to express themselves and relate with others. As a service we partnered with Theatre for Life to deliver our Regeneration social prescribing programme, which was jointly led by Michelle and myself. Michelle is a passionate and motivated professional, who strives to enable young people to explore creative mediums and develop confidence and as they are encouraged to be involved and be heard. The outcomes of Michelle’s work reflect the commitment, care and dedication to detail Michelle gives to each and every project. I hope to work closely with Theatre for Life again in the future."

Sarah Shameti, PEEER Youth Service Lead, Southampton Children’s Hospital

Emerge

A collaborative film with Theatre for Life, Southampton Children’s Hospital and Southampton City Council Cultural Services.

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Silent Mind

2018 to present

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Silent Mind is a positive and inclusive experience, as an interactive piece of theatre it actively involves young people to participate in wellbeing and mindfulness techniques.

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Climate Change Arts and Science Project

Public engagement with Research at the University of Southampton and Life Lab

Conservation organisations - New Forest National Park Authority, Students organising for sustainability and Southampton National Park Authority

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Testimonials

Working with Theatre for Life over the past year on the Climate Change project has been truly inspirational. Spending time with the young people, exploring the impact of climate change on different environments; the forest, the shore and the city and seeing the future from their perspective; learning from experts and finding out how young people can change policy and influence our local and national government; watching how Michelle and Dominic worked with the young people to take their ideas and develop their story, watching the young people grow into their story and take on their roles has been just fantastic.

Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend, LifeLab Programme Manager, Associate Professor (Research), Southampton Education School, NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre

Working with Theatre for Life over the past year on the Climate Change project has been truly inspirational. Spending time with the young people, exploring the impact of climate change on different environments; the forest, the shore and the city and seeing the future from their perspective; learning from experts and finding out how young people can change policy and influence our local and national government; watching how Michelle and Dominic worked with the young people to take their ideas and develop their story, watching the young people grow into their story and take on their roles has been just fantastic.

Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend, LifeLab Programme Manager, Associate Professor (Research), Southampton Education School, NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre

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