Building Resilience and Overcoming Adversity through Dance and Drama (BROAD) 2019 Research and Evaluation Report

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Breton H O, Froggett L

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University of Lancashire

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In the summer of 2019, Odd Arts Theatre and Company Chameleon (dance) collaboration to deliver a new dance-theatre workshop called BROAD (Building Resilience and Overcoming Adversity through Dance and Drama) in secure settings in the criminal justice, health and educational sectors. Part-funded by Arts Council England, the project’s long-term aims were to improve and develop communication and self-esteem, in order to reduce violence and self-harming behaviours; and to improve wellbeing, increase resilience and overcome the barriers caused by previous adverse experiences. The Psychosocial Research Unit from the University of Central Lancashire partnered with the team to carry out a qualitative study of the pilot workshop in three of the five settings, which included a category C prison and two secure homes for children.

This report draws evidence from observations of the workshops’ process, and conversations with the workshop facilitators. Some of what the researchers found was that:
The combination of dance and drama offers a new expansive way to work with people in conditions of confinement.
It allows those who are challenged by talk-based methods to safely develop physical means of self-expression and vice versa, and in this respect contributes to fostering non-violent communication.
Alongside the description and analysis of how this pilot programme was delivered, this evaluation indicates the immediate or short-term effects of the workshop on participants. This can inform a longer-term programme which would aim to deliver sustainable improvements in communication and reductions in violence and other harmful behaviours, as well as contributing to over wellbeing.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Forensic / Secure

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Froggett, L. and Breton, H. O. (2020). Building Resilience and Overcoming Adversity through Dance and Drama (BROAD) 2019 Research and Evaluation Report. Lancashire: University of Lancashire.