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BROAD – Building Resilience Through Dance & Drama

"Designed to increase resilience & well-being in people in custody, secure settings and hospitals / mental health units."

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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.

Aims (for participants)

Improve communication

Increase self-esteem

Reduce risk of violence and harmful behaviours

Improve mental health & overcome barriers caused by adversity

Increase resilience & well-being

Aims (for organisations)

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.

Quotes from Workshops

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.

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