And play is at the heart of what we do. Why?
Play is recognised as a universal right of children. Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states: “Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.”
JustPlay is a non-profit delivering social justice, entertainment, fun and new skills to communities living under extreme stress, around the globe.
It does this by:
- facilitating workshops in theatre games
- teaching circus skills
- co-creating shows with local people to give voice to their experience
- providing entertainment
Having a laugh together is a powerful tool for wellbeing, community cohesion and learning. But it is frequently a low priority among NGOs trying to address the needs of disadvantaged people who may be coping with inadequate housing, health, education or safety. JustPlay seeks to fill this gap.
“The opposite of play… is not work, it is depression. Players come out of their ludic paradoxes …with renewed belief in the worthwhileness of merely living.” – Brian Sutton-Smith