Theatre for change – ‘Disorder contained’

Many of you will know about Brecht and Boal, and will probably have come across some other theorists or theatre companies that create theatre designed to make a specific impact, and hopefully bring about some change in ways of thinking, behaviour or spur people on to take action to bring about some sort of change in their environment or society. Brecht work for us deals with history, so we can look at this issues from a distance, and relate safely ...

Creating with the Collaborative Project

These last few weeks I have had the pleasure of working with 24 students in 4 different groups playing around with devising. We had 3 hours a day over one week to create a piece of theatre that we then performed to an audience in the last 30 minutes of the final day. For this blog I thought I would share with you how I went about working with the starting point and how I made links to theorists, theatre ...

The long walk to freedom

The other day I went to see the film 'Mandela Long walk to freedom' and was so moved by the issues addressed in the film that I decided it was time for us to stop for a moment, decide what it is that really matters in performance,  and decide why we choose to perform the things we do. To embellish this blog I will refer to some of the brilliant people that have chosen to work in this field, because ...