Smoking Cessation in Mental Health Communities: A Living Newspaper Applied Theatre Project

  • Lauren Jerke
  • Monica Prendergast
  • Warwick Dobson


Using the Living Newspaper theatre form, the authors and outpatients at a psychiatric hospital created and performed an applied theatre play for fellow psychiatric patients and healthcare professionals about the connections between mental health and tobacco addiction. In comparison with Brown and Strega’s central tenets of anti-oppressive research, this article describes how the Living Newspaper form cultivated our anti-oppressive arts-based data collection. Upon further analysis, the authors draw attention to one limitation in the form, which they suggest limited the participants’ ability to share their deep understandings of the issue with their audiences. To conclude, Jerke, Prendergast, and Dobson suggest that with several minor updates, the Living Newspaper form could consistently foster arts-based, anti-oppressive research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Jerke
    • 1
  • Monica Prendergast
    • 2
  • Warwick Dobson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of TheatreUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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