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” Theatre is nothing if not an art form enacted within possibility: co-designing applied theatre research in Paediatrics” – Prof Persephone Sextou, | Thurs 10 Aug, 7-8pm.
QUT Design Lab and the Arts Health Network Queensland are delighted to host this free online presentation from Prof Persephone Sextou – a leading expert in interdisciplinary applied theatre for health and wellbeing.
Her co-design and co-production research model is informed by consultation with children in schools and hospitals and their families, and she uses mixed methodologies and tools to investigate the impact of arts-based research on the mental and social health and well-being of children and young people in education, health and palliative care.
In this talk, Persephone will share her share insights about the role of performing arts in child healthcare from her recent book Applied Theatre in Paediatrics. Children Stories & Synergies of Emotions (Routledge, 2023). She will share her research model; principles on the aesthetics and ethics of engaging vulnerable children in bedside theatre during their hospital stay, the defining features of bedside audience-actor synergies in her practice, the emotional protection of the creative participants within the fictional context, how the pandemic challenged her projects and changed her thinking about technology as a research medium, the brevity of incorporating digital tools in my research. Finally, she will present a few snapshots from hospitalised children’s stories as discussed in her book and dramatized by theatre students in Australia.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Stories, Children and Synergies of Emotions
This book explores applied theatre practice for children in environments of illness and cure and how it can powerfully normalise children’s hospitalisation experience. It is an essential tool for making meaning of children’s illness, putting it into a fictional context, and developing better control of their clinical experiences. It can be central to raising the standards of care and quality of life during illness.