Digital Participatory Theatre: Playback Theatre

Following on from the first series of 'Open Playground' events, we are excited to host four new events providing an online space in which participatory theatre makers and facilitators can connect with their peers and try out new ideas.

In response to practitioners who attended the first ‘Open Playground’ events, each new playground will focus on a different form of participatory theatre with an emphasis on exploring the possibilities of delivering these forms online.

Each 'Open Playground' will be facilitated by a member of the Collective Encounters' team, with contributions from a guest practitioner. These sessions will go beyond workshop games to explore how practitioners are delivering the fundamentals of these forms online.

These 'Open Playground' events are not training events but facilitated forums in which new and emerging practice can be tested and shared.

22 October: Playback Theatre with Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Playback Theatre is an improvisational form of theatre in which audience members tell stories from their own lives and watch them recreated onstage. Founded in 1975 by Jonathon Fox and Jo Sallas, Playback theatre is facilitated by a ‘conductor’, who acts as a conduit between the audience and a team of actors and a musician. In some forms, especially groupwork settings, the audience themselves become the Playback actors. Playback theatre is now used across the world in educational, community and therapeutic settings, to bring individuals together to share, connect and investigate issues of society, politics and justice.

Dr Aylwyn Walsh is an associate professor in Applied Theatre at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Specialising in performance and social change, in recent years Dr Walsh has focused on practice in women’s prisons, mental health contexts and its implications for activism. Over 2019/20 Dr Walsh led international projects with young people in South Africa as part of Changing the Story “to establish a sense of place beyond systemic identification of place with gangs, drugs and violence”.

You will be sent a link to the Zoom session after registering online.

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Digital Participatory Theatre: Living Newspaper

Following on from the first series of 'Open Playground' events, we are excited to host four new events providing an online space in which participatory theatre makers and facilitators can connect with their peers and try out new ideas.

In response to practitioners who attended the first ‘Open Playground’ events, each new playground will focus on a different form of participatory theatre with an emphasis on exploring the possibilities of delivering these forms online.

Each 'Open Playground' will be facilitated by a member of the Collective Encounters' team, with contributions from a guest practitioner. These sessions will go beyond workshop games to explore how practitioners are delivering the fundamentals of these forms online.

These 'Open Playground' events are not training events but facilitated forums in which new and emerging practice can be tested and shared.

29 October: Living Newspaper with Sarah Thornton

Living Newspaper is a form of political theatre, dramatizing current affairs and social and political issues. Historically, the Living Newspaper form is associated with the Epic Theatre tradition in Europe and the Federal Theatre Project in the United States. The aim of Living Newspapers is to provide audiences with accurate and factual information around current events. Typically, the form breaks traditional theatrical conventions in favour of direct address and interactive elements to educate audiences and provoke social debate and action.

Sarah Thornton is founder and Artistic Director of Collective Encounters. Growing out of 20 years of experience as a professional theatre director, community arts facilitator, arts manager, theatre academic and researcher, she established the company to make exciting, ethical, collaborative theatre and to explore its potential to contribute to social change.

You will be sent a link to the Zoom session after registering online.

Book online

Digital Participatory Theatre: Forum Theatre

Following on from the first series of 'Open Playground' events, we are excited to host four new events providing an online space in which participatory theatre makers and facilitators can connect with their peers and try out new ideas.

In response to practitioners who attended the first ‘Open Playground’ events, each new playground will focus on a different form of participatory theatre with an emphasis on exploring the possibilities of delivering these forms online.

Each 'Open Playground' will be facilitated by a member of the Collective Encounters' team, with contributions from a guest practitioner. These sessions will go beyond workshop games to explore how practitioners are delivering the fundamentals of these forms online.

These 'Open Playground' events are not training events but facilitated forums in which new and emerging practice can be tested and shared.

5 November: Forum Theatre with Katy Rubin

Forum Theatre is a participatory theatre technique created by Augusto Boal, under the umbrella of Theatre of the Oppressed. In Forum Theatre actors present an original play ‘chronicling an unresolved problem resulting from systemic oppression’. Facilitated by a ‘Joker’, a series of interactive interventions follow the Forum performance. The audience directly influence and change what is happening onstage and so are active participants in finding solutions to the problems presented. The aim of Forum Theatre is to empower audiences, now ‘spec-actors’, with tools to fight and address the challenges they face.

Katy Rubin is founder and former Executive Director for Theatre of the Oppressed New York, “a nonprofit organization that partners with communities facing discrimination to spark transformative action”. Katy trained with Augusto Boal in Brazil and has facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed projects with activists and artists internationally and across the US over the past decade.

You will be sent a link to the Zoom session after registering online.

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Digital Participatory Theatre: Devising

Following on from the first series of 'Open Playground' events, we are excited to host four new events providing an online space in which participatory theatre makers and facilitators can connect with their peers and try out new ideas.

In response to practitioners who attended the first ‘Open Playground’ events, each new playground will focus on a different form of participatory theatre with an emphasis on exploring the possibilities of delivering these forms online.

Each 'Open Playground' will be facilitated by a member of the Collective Encounters' team, with contributions from a guest practitioner. These sessions will go beyond workshop games to explore how practitioners are delivering the fundamentals of these forms online.

These 'Open Playground' events are not training events but facilitated forums in which new and emerging practice can be tested and shared.

12 November: Devising with Abi Horsfield

Devised Theatre is a method of theatre-making in which the script and/or performance is developed collectively. Often beginning with games, improvisation tasks and playing with ideas, themes and other stimuli, devising is collaborative and experimental. Through the devising process, collaborators can get to the heart of the stories they wish to tell and experiment with ways of telling them. A great way of everyone’s voice getting heard, devised theatre can often present multiple and differing perspectives on an issue in a single performance.

Abi Horsfield is a community theatre/arts professional with over 25 years’ experience of theatre facilitation, performance and project management. Her long career has seen her deliver workshops across 300 projects in 27 challenging countries such as Ghana, Thailand, Uzbekistan, the Philippines and Nigeria. As part of her work for Collective Encounters, during lockdown Abi has been delivering an Open Award in Devising with adults online.

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