Scoping Your Ideas

Find below a few tips and tricks to get your creativity flowing. Always compare your ideas to the best you can find. Watch films, go to art galleries, trawl the net and collect as much examples as you can find.

Ideas generator
Example research
Theatre games


Ideas generator

Change Media worked with acclaimed director, actor, filmmaker and social animateur,  Shahin Shafaei, and 18 young migrants, to create new work as part of a long term project. The forum theater workshop ran over 4 days, and mixed theater and acting techniques with digital media skills, to prepare for a 3-year multi-arts project , The Perfect Refugee.

Our Change Media team and a group of young migrants in Adelaide spent four days learning Theatre Games and developing their skills in acting, filming and improvisation.


The work with Shahin led us to another great idea generator project with actors from the Bell Shakespeare ensemble and artists from refugee background during a 5-day intensive laboratory in Cowra, NSW. Find some of the results and documentation below:


Example research

Using Boal's forum theatre techniques, based on his seminal work 'theatre of the the oppressed', we were able build the creative foundations for an exciting and innovative collaboration with young refugee and Bell Shakespeare. We started to use similar techniques to generate ideas and do practical, action-based research for our other projects, such as the Leeton Bidgee Binge initiative.


This is just one way to conduct your research. For example, with the young people in Leeton Shire, NSW, we conducted a 1-day session on the danger of binbge drinking, based on extensive web research, watching the best and the worst examples of anti-drinking ads produced globally. Once we were able to agree on the production approach, we then ran several acting workshops and staged sceanrios, before we could develop the key party scene we used for the 45 second advert that screened to over 70.000 viewers across the Riverina district.

Have a look at our Research and Development section for the examples we used for Don't be That Guy.

Theatre games

Find below a series of videos introducing theatre games we produced as part of our The Perfect Refugee project with theatre director Shahin Shafaei.





Recent Project: What Privilege - The Colony Stage 1

The Colony Stage 1 - Who Comes to Visit? Exhibition, June-July 2018

This work-in-progress with Ngarrindjeri explores assimilation, treaty and bureaucracy as the logistics of empire.What is your experience of whiteness and identity in the context of Treaty and colonization? How do we want to share our limited time on this planet? How do we come to terms?

Find out more on our What Privilege site here: read more


RAA - Snapshots
Drum It Up
Renmark - Hard to Swallow
The Perfect Refugee - Yomal's Movie Moments
FLOW - Life Giving Lands and Waters
Meningie Foreshore Restoration
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - High Noon
Mai Palya.Anangu Kunpu.Kata Palya - Good Food. Strong Body. Good Mind
River Redgum Restoration
Surviva Nunga Style
Working Quorn
Pinnaroo Surfer - The Original
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Ngopamuldi - Working on Country
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving
On the Move
Slow Down
Where is Father Christmas?
Marlpa Holiday
10x14 Bricks - Anger
Recording My Elders
Pom Fiction - Ozzie Dangers
Renmark - Tree Change
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving - 30 sec Trailer
Positively Fabulous Teaser
Hide and Seek
The Big Find
Hopes and Fears
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - Thinking Man
Skater Boy
Nukkan Kungun Yunnan - Trailer
Weaving and Whispers Play at TarraWarra Biennial
Putting Out Fires

Watch All Films