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Theatre- the art of looking at ourselves
Theatre always sounds…well, kind of theatrical really. The word can conjure up some unusual images. But the techniques actors use to develop themselves and how they use ‘theatrical techniques’ to prepare for a ‘show’ provide us non-actors with rich territory to explore.
There are strategies to build rapport and trust between actors so they can confidently rely on each other on stage. There are techniques that help them connect with an audience, get their attention, tell a story, invite involvement. Gee! It sounds just like groupwork doesn’t it? Whether you’re working with very large or very small groups, and no matter the purpose of the group nor the age of the participants these approaches all fit.
So this workshop is about how to make use of the thinking, the intensions and the strategies that theatre has to offer us no matter what sorts of groups we are running; and how to adapt and mould all this to the work that we do. This is a very interactive, and at times challenging (in the best possible way) workshop. Augusto Boal, who gave us the interactive problem-solving gift of ‘Forum Theatre’, also gave us the above quote: ‘Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves.’ And he’s right.
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