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‘A Story Unfolds’ – Interactive theatre-based problem-solving @ Blacktown, NSW

August 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am - August 2, 2016 @ 4:30 pm


Not everyone loves role plays. But everyone loves a good show; which is why we (well, a lot of us) go to movies or plays, watch television or play X box. And this is where ‘A Story Unfolds’ comes in. ‘A Story Unfolds’ is an interactive story-based way to explore with groups (including very large ones) issues both social and/or personal, and to identify possible solutions to problems or ‘where to from here?’ It can tackle any topic, serious or playful.

‘A Story Unfolds’ involves a narrator or facilitator who presents, bit by bit, a story. And it’s a story which often has twists and turns and which presents moral dilemmas and tricky decisions. Key moments of the story are acted out by a group of ‘actors,’ who themselves may simply be ordinary people who put in an hour preparation before a workshop. There is a panel, volunteered spontaneously from group members, who make comments about what they see unfolding. The facilitator constantly goes to the audience for comments, suggestions, and creates opportunities for them to get up on stage and become actively involved. The whole thing is dynamic, risky and very useful.

This workshop:

  • Will take you through all the planning steps of such an event
  • Will look at how to build audience/group participation gradually from the simple to the complex
  • Provide strategies to ‘warm’ an audience to the idea of participating
  • Give you a chance to create stories for your likely future audiences
  • Give you practice in the role of the facilitator.

In the workshop ‘A Story Unfolds’ will be supported by multiple simple and active theatre-based activities to use in groups to:

  • Engage with group members
  • Build group connectedness
  • Develop process and content simultaneously
  • Manage tension
  • Plan for the future.

This workshop is for anyone interested in raising social awareness and promoting social change, in education, and in personal growth, and is seeking to do this in dynamic and interactive ways.

When: Monday & Tuesday, 1-2 August 2016 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Where: Blacktown RSL, Second Avenue, Blacktown NSW

Cost: The early bird booking is $484.00 if registration occurs before 1 July 2016 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 1 July is $594.00 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch are provided.

To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

Facilitator: Peter Slattery

Peter has worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. He lives in Sydney, but works throughout Australia as well as Asia, Europe and North America. He has written ‘Youth works’ and produced the training DVD ‘Conversations with young people’, and most recently the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. He strives constantly to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles or inspires them. In this quest, he calls on anything that might be helpful; physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing, what might be called ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. Peter says “what a totally challenging joy all of this is”!



August 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am
August 2, 2016 @ 4:30 pm


Groupwork Solutions


Blacktown RSL
Second Ave
Balcktown, NSW Australia
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