Our researchers will test an 8-week Devised Theatre Performance Process, which we hypothesise will improve the psychosocial well-being and cognitive function of people in the chronic phase of stroke (stroke >6 months ago), with a protocol currently in development.
Challenging, multimodal, social experiences like group-based arts and music have been shown to stimulate recovery in the chronic phase of stroke. Taking part in playmaking – synthesising ideas and imaginations, building artistic relationships, mutual respect and discipline – and performing dramatically are demanding both psychologically and cognitively. This planned project seeks to test, scientifically, whether this community-based group process can improve the cognitive function, mood and well-being people with stroke.
The ABC Compass TV program documented the pilot project; Stroke Stories is still available on iView. To watch, click here.