This programme is an innovative, evidence based theatre programme that is designed to increase resilience & well-being in people in custody, secure settings and hospitals / mental health units. It is a ground-breaking programme culminating physical theatre, drama, dance & psychology.
BROAD has been co-designed by Company Chameleon and Odd Arts and is being evaluated by UCLAN Psychosocial Research Unit adding to the national evidence base of the impact of arts in criminal justice or secure settings. The pilot was funded by the Arts Council England.
Read more about BROAD in our guest blog.
Reduce risk of violence and harmful behaviours
Improve mental health & overcome barriers caused by adversity
Increase resilience & well-being
Develop dance drama practice
Progress national criminal justice arts practice
Develop new skills with Company Chameleon and Odd Arts
Impact arts in criminal justice practice/sector
Each programme can be tailored and adapted to the needs of the establishment and participants:
BROAD can be delivered in between 6 and 10 half day sessions
A large space will be needed for the full course
The space should not be in an area visible to other young people / prisoners / residents so that participants do not feel additional stress / embarrassment / self-consciousness
There will be facilitators from Odd Arts and Company Chameleon
We require partners to recruit participants in advance
All potential participants should be aware that the project does expect people to be willing to give things a go and it will involve performance - no experience is necessary
Costs depend on:
Additional / specific requirements of partner
Location / travel / accommodation needs
Evaluation depth / requirements
Number of preparatory meetings required
Requests for additional staff
Number of sessions / days delivering
Usually between £1,100 and £2,000.
“It's taught me to take myself out of my comfort zone. I think all the people around the course are amazing and made me feel included thank you very much.”
“It made us think about our emotions and needs.”
“I have slept the best I have an ages. It made us forget the other stresses. I've spoken about stuff on this course more than in any other course. I was so nervous but I did it.”
“It is giving me the confidence to do other things, I did this and no one judges me so I knew I could do other things.”
“I can't fully convey how valuable this week has been to the girls. They've been so different; their self-esteem; how much they've been helped and how much love and care shown. Don't doubt you have done an incredible thing.”
“It was amazing to see them express their stories that way. I was so impressed it brought tears to my eyes. I've seen all of the young women change over these 4 days in all their behaviour thank you so much incredible work.”
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.