Participatory Ethics through Participatory Theatre Workshop


22 June 2015 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Durham University; Van Mildert College, Durham, DH1 3LH,

This half-day workshop is part of the Connected Communities Festival happening across the UK during 15th – 29th June 2015. It offers the opportunity to experience the use of Forum Theatre as a means of reflecting practically on ethical challenges in community-based participatory research (CBPR). It builds on a collaboration between Frances Rifkin (Utopia Arts) and members of a community-university research team (Sarah Banks, Claire Holmes and Heather Davidson) that has been working on ethics in CBPR, funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme.

Forum Theatre is an enjoyable, creatively challenging way to explore complexity and difficulty. It is used internationally to explore obstacles, dilemmas and oppressions within many communities/groupings. Its theoretical basis is the work of Brazilian director, Augusto Boal (1931-2009), whose conception of the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ explicitly challenges the divisions between active and passive states or subjects. It is particularly applicable where the relationship between inner impulses and thoughts and external actions raises the need for clear, empathic and ethical exchange, communication and decision making. It facilitates exploration of difficulties, obstacles and ranges of solutions. It is also great fun!

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