Stages of Change – ‘Tou (Help)’

Stages of Change is a project that aims to use community theatre as a vehicle for reducing violence against women and increasing women’s participation in civil society and peace-making in the Solomon Islands. We caught them in a rehearsal and they sang a beautiful song for us “Tou”, which means “Help”, a song to call for assistance from peers to overcome adversity.

Stages of Change in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

The key aims of the project are to:

  • establish a sustainable  national Women’s Theatre Company with a group of Solomon Islands women, selecting 15 women to take part, who represent a broad cross section of the nine provinces across more than 900 islands that make up the Solomon Islands archipelago
  • create a performance work and tour around the main islands in the Solomon Islands in 2014
  • write radio scripts written by local writers mentored under the project, will be created for broadcast
  • teach creative training techniques will be used in workshops offered directly to women who are survivors of domestic violence.