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Forever Young: Exploring Puppetry in Aged Care Settings

12 June

Forever Young: Exploring Puppetry in Aged Care Settings


July - December 2021




Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Terrapin-Forever Young


Tasmania’s population is ageing. It is the oldest state or territory in Australia and its population is ageing faster than anywhere else: almost 20% of Tasmania’s population is over 65. There are many opportunities and challenges that come with an ageing population and we see an increasing role for arts organisations to play in this field.
Recognising the importance of engaging, thoughtful activities for people living in aged care facilities, we are excited to be bringing our puppetry practice into this new arena. We’re working with partners to adapt existing work and develop new programs for our community’s elders, wherever they are.
Puppetry will provide opportunities to engage residents’ imaginations with the present moment, enhancing wellbeing, supporting cognitive and memory function, reducing stress and increasing social interaction.
Forever Young is run by Terrapin in collaboration with drama therapist Dannielle Jackson.


Forever Young has been met with enormous enthusiasm by the aged care industry and the broader Tasmanian community. Your support will help us to expand the project into more centres in 2022, directly impacting the quality of life of our community’s elders.


Interested in working with us on this project?

Contact info@terrapin.org.au for more information and collaboration opportunities.

Dannielle Jackson

Project Manager


Dannielle Jackson B.A (Fine Arts-Acting), Grad Dip. Dramatherapy, Grad Dip. Counselling.

Dannielle first began using an arts approach to aged care at Montefiore Jewish Home, recognising the multiple benefits of drama therapy for people experiencing cognitive decline and dementia. She later moved between numerous day facilities of Integrated Living where she successfully developed unique work in the field of aged care by using the client’s personal stories to write, design and perform short films that were then screened publicly in cinemas in NSW. In 2020 Dannielle was awarded the Australasian Elder Care for Best Dementia Care Program.

Dannielle also uses story making and theatre for healing in the areas of disability, mental health youth groups and domestic violence.

Dannielle’s practice is born from her extensive professional background and passions as
a theatre maker, actor, physical performer and puppeteer. She has worked professionally as an artist for over 15 years with some of Australia’s leading theatre companies. Dannielle’s skill set as an artist and her methods as a creative therapist complement and inform one another to make meaningful art.


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