Persephone Sextou shares expertise in Brisbane

20/11/2018 by Charlotte Hughes

Dr Sextou

Dr Persephone Sextou of Newman University, Birmingham has recently shared her expertise in Applied Theatre at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr Sextou, who is currently conducting research at Griffith University in Australia, is the Founder and Director of the Community and Applied Drama Laboratory (CADLab) for theatre and child wellbeing. CADLab, which has received a grant from Children in Need, looks at the effectiveness in supporting the wellbeing of children, young people and those suffering from illness during their stay in hospital.

Persephone has over 20 years of academic experience and leadership of applied theatre projects in the UK and abroad and is currently leading a grant from BBC Children in Need to continue her research on the impact of specially-developed bedside performance for children in hospitals and hospices. Dr Sextou works closely in partnership with the NHS and Local Educational Authorities, regularly working with students at Newman University to visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Heartlands Hospital to showcase ‘Bird Island’, a multi-art performance using storytelling, puppetry and signing.

Currently, Persephone is working as Chief Investigator of a research study at Griffith University, Brisbane where she has recently visited Queensland Children’s Hospital to share her work. Dr Sextou gave a research talk about ‘Applied Theatre for Children in Healthcare’ and also led a workshop on ‘Space as a Stage in Hospital’ for those present, which included the Arts Manager of Queensland Children’s Hospital, Play Specialists at the Hospital as well as Nurses, along with colleagues from Griffith University.

Dr Sextou at Queenslands Children's Hospital

Persephone plans to continue to share her work with colleagues in Australia over the coming days. In March 2019 a two day International Symposium will be held at Newman University, Birmingham titled Broken Puppet 3 International Symposium on ‘Puppetry: Community, Health, Well-being and (Dis)ability: Professional Training Opportunities.