Camlin in the Community partners YouthAction Northern Ireland shared the success of the ‘Domino’ project in a newly published report. The project was supported by Camlin and ran as a pilot from April to June this year aiming to address mental health issues faced by young people. The innovative theatre play used the creative arts as a way to unlock any stigma related to mental health problems, break down barriers and increase social inclusion. Maire Campbell, the play’s director says, ‘over 64 young people shared in a confidential space what are the main issues affecting them in their lives. We then used this information to formulate a show that was from young people for young people’.

The play and post-performance workshop toured Belfast and regional areas in Northern Ireland where 68% of the audience had no/little access to an arts venue or had never experienced live theatre before. A special VIP performance for the Camlin team was held on 5th June.

Key Info

  • Over 36 youth groups took part across Northern Ireland
  • Over 600 people attended the performance over the course of the tour
  • 24 cast members aged 15-19 took part and were specially trained in facilitation and delivering mental health workshops
  • 22 youth workers participated in special programme on how to perform and deliver ‘Domino’
  • Cast of Domino received Youth Achievement Awards