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.
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.