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Applied Theatre: Understanding Change

  • Kelly Freebody
  • Michael Balfour
  • Michael Finneran
  • Michael Anderson


  • Provides an accessible understanding of the relationship between Applied Theatre and intent, success, and value

  • Offers a variety of perspectives on this relationship through chapters authored by key practitioners and researchers in the field

  • Provides key learning for academics, students and practitioners to apply to their own applied theatre work


Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran, Michael Balfour, Michael Anderson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Michael Balfour, Kelly Freebody
    Pages 19-31
  4. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-79
    2. Peter O’Connor, Briar O’Connor
      Pages 135-151
    3. Helen Cahill
      Pages 173-186
    4. Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran, Michael Balfour, Michael Anderson
      Pages 187-189

About this book


This volume offers researchers and practitioners new perspectives on applied theatre work, exploring the relationship between applied theatre and its intent, success and value. Applied theatre is a well-established field focused on the social application of the arts in a range of contexts including schools, prisons, residential aged care and community settings. The increased uptake of applied theatre in these contexts requires increased analysis and understanding of indications of success and value. This volume provides critical commentary and questions regarding issues associated with developing, delivering and evaluating applied theatre programs. Part 1 of the volume presents a discussion of the ways the concept of change is presented to and by  funding bodies, practitioners, participants, researchers and policy makers to discover and analyse the relationships between applied theatre practice, transformative intent, and evaluation. Part 2 of the volume offers perspectives from key authors in the field which extend and contextualize the discussion by examining key themes and practice-based examples.  


Understanding change in applied drama Evaluation of applied theatre projects From managing social risks to increasing social hope BRAC STAGE Creation of fictional worlds Applied drama programs

Editors and affiliations

  • Kelly Freebody
    • 1
  • Michael Balfour
    • 2
  • Michael Finneran
    • 3
  • Michael Anderson
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Applied Theatre: Understanding Change
  • Editors Kelly Freebody
    Michael Balfour
    Michael Finneran
    Michael Anderson
  • Series Title Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Landscapes: Arts, Aesthetics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78177-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08634-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78178-5
  • Series ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-0069
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 189
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
    Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Culture
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