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Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2040-2457
  • E-ISSN: 2040-2465



This article outlines an ongoing theatre collaboration between a group of professional artists and participants from the Prahran Mission St Kilda Drop In Centre in Melbourne, which is dedicated to supporting people who live with mental illness. The collaboration began five years ago and so far four projects have been created. The writer is one of the theatre artists. The case story here, presented to the conference Evidence in a Different Form, demonstrates that friendship is central to the artistic process. Friendship is an initial driving force and a result of the projects and is intrinsic to the creative process itself. This evidence suggests that the non-hierarchical and personal quality of the process is an instance of egalitarianism, dissolving divisions between individuals and groups. It suggests that these qualities of the work promote health and have the potential to undo social stigma and isolation.


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