Aims & Objectives



arepp:Theatre for Life’s vision is a rights-based, supportive society in which the individual members are active directors of their own lives, taking responsibility for making informed choices which lead to empowered decisions for their holistic growth. This, in turn, contributes to the constructive development of their society.

To achieve this arepp:Theatre for Life's mission is to produce high quality rights-based applied theatre productions which travel to schools nation-wide, providing complimentary, social life-skills education to school-going learners for the promotion and development of self-efficacy and resilience in relation to life-style issues and the attendant attitudes, behaviours, choices, and values that are inherent therein.

The initiation and reinforcement of self-efficacy and resilience in individuals, groups and communities promotes a change in social attitudes, choices, behaviours and morés regarding their society, the environment, sex, sexuality, relationships and gender, contributing to a reduction of the rates of HIV transmission, discrimination, human rights abuses, abuse, gender-based violence and rape, and thus the increased cognitive, emotional and physical health of society.

The South African Constitution and its Bill of Rights underpin, support and guide the content of the presentations and the approach to learners. arepp:Theatre for Life promotes human rights, inclusively, with environmental and social justice. The principals and practices of human rights and democracy as defined in the Constitution are integral to and inextricable from the presentations.


Engagement with the arepp:Theatre for Life performances assists young people in handling themselves within their contexts, and finding the best possible solutions to their own problems, and ultimately in being able to recognise, avoid and manage situations, which may be frightening, dangerous, or in conflict with their own value systems. At the same time the experience of the performance develops a deep and profound appreciation of theatre as an intimate, personal, engaging and potentially life-changing art form.

The specific objectives of each arepp:Theatre for Life presentation are

a) To increase and develop the self-efficacy and resilience of South African school-going youth in relation to social lifestyle issues through:

  • the provision of relevant information;
  • increased awareness and understanding of the self, the issues and the context;
  • encouragement of a positive self-concept;
  • enforcement of self-esteem and self-value; and
  • the development of problem-solving and decision-making life-skills.

b) To increase the number of youth in South Africa who are exposed to and have an appreciation of theatre as a cultural art form.

The outcome that arepp:Theatre for Life expects from each presentation is an increase in the perception, ability and competence of the audiences to understand, influence, change, adapt and maintain their concept of themselves and their choices, attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, values and views with regard to the issues, and in their acceptance and tolerance of the choices, attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, values and views of others.

The audiences will have more of, and will have been assisted with and affirmed in the knowledge, attitudes, values, skills and confidence to make informed choices about their activities and behaviours with regard to their lifestyle choices and their rights and options in relation to them.

The expected long-term impact of the project is that the audiences will develop resilient self-efficacy and so be enabled with informed choice for sustainable decision-making with regard to their lifestyle choices and behaviours in order to:

  • make sound, informed lifestyle choices about what is best for them, and their community, in their particular contexts;
  • accept and take responsibility for those decisions;  and
  • be flexible and robust in responding to the consequences, both foreseen and unforeseen.

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