Future Stories: co-designing virtual reality (VR) experiences with young people with a serious illness in hospital

Online via Teams
Wednesday 8 June 2022 (10:00-11:00)


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This is the fourth event in the exciting new research webinar series presented by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre (SDHRC): "Health Through Arts: Connecting People and Communities".

This event, entitled "Future Stories: co-designing virtual reality (VR) experiences with young people with a serious illness in hospital", is led by Professor Michael Balfour, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.

Michael will be joined by designated academic Emerita Professor Robyn Ewing, University of Sydney, for a discussion about ideas raised during Michael’s presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the event, a selection of which will be addressed in the Q&A.


Hospitalisation can be a challenging experience for young people, including higher levels of anxiety, social isolation, and depression. In this webinar Michael will share the details of an applied theatre pilot that aimed to combine co-designed virtual reality (VR) approaches with intermedial work with young people in hospital. Within the pilot study the team worked with three participants in individualised bedside workshops over a four-week period. Analysis from the pilot demonstrated the significance of the co-design process leading to greater degrees of agency for young people, and opportunities for the participants to share experiences with medical staff, carers, and siblings.


Michael Balfour is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia. His research explores applied theatre and performance work in a range of social contexts. His most recent publication is Performing Arts in Prisons: Creative Perspectives (Intellect, 2019).

Formerly a primary teacher, Professor Emerita Robyn Ewing AM is Co-Director of the Creativity in Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education Health and Wellbeing (CREATE) Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. She is a passionate advocate for the transformative role that the Arts can and should play in our lives and learning.


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