This project was supported by the Border Arts Project, a Chinese health and education NGO that engaged young people whose families have been affected by heroin abuse and HIV/AIDS.

“On the Burma/China border children watch elders fall to incarceration, infection and death. Creative outlets are new tools to understand and avoid high-risk behaviour, and in Yunnan children were taught workshops in performance and circus skills. The skills learned helped the children grow in confidence and at the end of the workshops they put on a show for their friends and families. The village was also entertained by two free shows from Jo & Jake’s theatre company, Other Half Productions.”

– Richie Peacock, Border Arts Project

Circus Skills Workshop

We spent a week playing a lot of theatre games and learning juggling, acrobalance and hula hoop with about 30 youngsters from the village. The children made a show for their friends at the end of the week.


Family Show

Jo, Jake & Roo performed Two for Tea to a mixture of adults and children from the village and surrounding farms.

Children’s Show

Because so many had missed the other shows, we were asked to do another show at the school: Storm in a Teacup