Applied Theatre Research 6.1

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Applied Theatre Research 6.1 is now available.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list): 

Intergenerational dialogue: Connecting youth and older adults in urban spaces through community-based forum theatre

Authors:  Christina Parker 

Page Start: 37


Understanding generational diversity has important implications for building capacities for developing healthy intergenerational relations and social cohesion, and for challenging oppression. Preparing young people in urban communities to understand and empathize with older adults could have lasting benefits for engaging community members and families to come together to transform culturally divided urban spaces. This qualitative research project drew on arts-based approaches to examine how dialogue between youth and older adults in a community-based theatre education program sought to lessen intergenerational and intercultural divides. While forum theatre is widely used to challenge oppression, this article considers how it could also lead to further exclusion of marginalized voices if both facilitators and participants are inadequately prepared to engage in dialogue. It offers practical suggestions for community educators in diverse urban settings, particularly in the use and application of the arts.


Life stories as democracy in the classroom

Authors:  Marit Ulvund 

Page Start: 53


This article discusses performative work with life-stories in the classroom. The research finds that this kind of practice has the potential to strengthen interaction, encourage the discussion of values and support understanding of democracy. The research is grounded in the author’s practice-led Ph.D. project, ‘Echo Theatre: From Experience to Performance’, which documents and discusses staging life-stories in the classroom. Complementary inquiries are made in narrative theory, identity and self-understanding, democracy, cultural mediation and liberation. This study finds that telling and staging the participants’ individual small stories, exemplified through the method of Echo Theatre, helps to strengthen the participants’ identity, reflection and self-reflexivity. The stories performed facilitate a space for negotiation of attitudes and values that is particularly needed in our time, and in this way a performative storytelling practice can provide classroom support for the understanding of democracy.


Post-linearity as a democratic style for protest theatre in Zimbabwe

Authors:  Kelvin Chikonzo 

Page Start: 67


This article investigates the efficacy of the neo-indigenous post-linear style in creating democracy in politically committed theatre in Zimbabwe. The article interrogates democracy in performance with regards to liberated spectatorship and avoidance of indoctrination, monolithic readings and excessive reliance on what Brecht (in Babbage 2004: 34) described as ‘emotional orgies’, which cripple the spectators’ ability to think and engage. Using Rooftop Promotions theatre company’s performance Rituals, the article examines how this production harmonizes the antagonistic relationship between style and democracy in contemporary protest theatre in Zimbabwe.

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