Othello on Trial

Published on by KATHRYN COLEMAN

  

The first premise of wellbeing is being and staying alive. This youth theatre in education project targets what has been called, in the wake of the most recent Australian family killings, ‘the most pressing issue of terrorism our society faces – where at least one woman is murdered each week’. Seeking to promote healthy relationships for young people, especially young women, the project creatively challenges the gendered relations that underpin these homicides. Duirng the pandemic, the project shifted and grew as the team were in lockdown in Melbourne. As a result, the project investigated how, in the context of a global health crisis intimate partner violence, the creativity of theatre at home and with real constraints can be used to enhance healthy relationships and opportunities for wellbeing. Seeking to promote healthy relationships for young people, especially young women, the project creatively challenged the gendered relations that underpin family violence including homicide. It investigated the relationship between creativity and wellbeing through performative practice by staging a play (in Zoom and via pandemic social distancing measures) with a theme of the relationship between creativity and wellbeing in a creative, transformational praxis site that enhances young women’s sense of safety and wellbeing that we know is essential from within practice architectures. 


  

Through what was learnt from these activities we devised new transdisciplinary approaches to the design of a performance-based educational research that provides opportunities for nurturing and optimising emotional wellbeing through creative practice.

Key Questions:

  1. What emerging research practices in creativity and wellbeing can support a pedagogical shift to enable early career educators to cultivate critical gender and race literacies in the classroom?
  2. How can early career educators use practice-led projects to support meaning-making across disciplines?
  3. How does the performative nature of a theatre-led STEAM arts integration allow young people to trouble ethical societal issues such as those related to gender and race? And with what effect?


This project ran from March 2021 and is to be completed in 2023.

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Funding

Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative

Victorian Women's Trust

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