Issue: Theatre for Development
Convener(s): John Walton
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
Building Trust eg if they believe you will come back if you say you will
Connecting with local theatre companies
Need for a very supportive local partner organization / contact
Making sure you’re safe
Immunisations if you’re going abroad!
Thinking about what you will do with no facilities (eg doing things in the open air)
Expect commitment, but not too much
What are the cultural conventions of the societies that you’re going into?
If theatre is about stories, how can we use stories in development work?
If you’re going to a new community, it will be very difficult to have a solid plan, be open.
Dealing with hostility from participants and the community.
C&T (Computers & Theatre) – working in schools across the UK, US, Australia and Africa. Documentary theatre. Filming and making videos to share on the web. www.candt.org. Found James Thompson at Manchester University helpful (he does theatre work in war zones)
- protecting cultural heritage and connecting groups that are losing their cultural identities
- allows these communities to interact
Theatre for Development – a Zimbabean company doing documentary drama and verbatim-style theatre
One project began by handing out throwaway cameras to children in Peru – this allowed the facilitator to get a real insight into the realities of the community on their terms.
MA Theatre for Development – Winchester University
The Applied Theatre Reader – edited by Tim Prentki?
De Montford – on website a section about Cultural Regeneration