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Forever Young: Exploring Puppetry in Aged Care Settings

12 June 2021

Forever Young: Exploring Puppetry in Aged Care Settings


In development




Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Terrapin-Forever Young



Make an end of financial year donation to support the November 2022 pilot of Forever Young.

Terrapin’s purpose is to make Tasmanian lives better through art, culture and contemporary puppetry. This includes people of all ages, no matter where they live.

Our 2021 research showed us that there is a distinct lack of high-quality, tailored arts experiences for people in aged care. We see an opportunity to extend our impact to these underserved audiences, their families and their carers.

This end of financial year, we aim to raise $5,000 to support the Forever Young pilot program in November 2022. This will fund us to visit 4 Tasmanian aged care facilities, providing a full day of performance, one-on-one interaction and staff support. Your donation will contribute directly to this pilot.


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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