In 2018, 10 Novocastrian stroke survivors came together with researchers to test a new approach for recovery after stroke
My Mind’s I was a first-pilot research project that looked at the effects of taking part in a devised theatre program for stroke recovery. It was developed by researchers from Uni Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and HMRI, and led by a professional drama practitioner. Group members told their stories about stroke and surviving the losses sustained by this experience, learned theatre skills, then rehearsed and performed a play written from their own stories. Pulling this off within an 8 week timeframe was an extraordinary challenge; the group thrived. The program improved both participants’ self-confidence, social enrichment and their perception of how much they had recovered since their stroke.
ABC Compass documented the project. Participants felt that taking part in the program was transformative. Six months on, they’re still meeting and creating theatre.
Join us to watch the premiere of the ABC Compass program about My Minds I. Meet the cast and crew and share your own stories.