Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Burghes A, Elliot M, Thornton S

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
Collective Encounters

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report documents the findings from a series of free events exploring how the participatory theatre sector responded to COVID-19.

Throughout June 2020 Collective Encounters ran a series of free events exploring how the participatory theatre sector was responding to COVID-19 and the effect lockdown and social distancing was having on participants, participatory theatre makers and their practice. The events were attended by over 320 participatory theatre makers, creative learning managers, engagement managers, choreographers, drama teachers, lecturers, HE course leads, artistic directors, producers, choir leaders and researchers. This report documents the findings from these events.

The aim of the events was to open a space for consultation, conversation and collaboration for participatory theatre makers. Themes such as the five contained in this report – digital inclusion, from zoom and room, workshop activities online, digital participatory theatre and safeguarding online – were suggested but the agenda remained open and their only agreed purpose was to develop an understanding of participatory theatre practice in a Covid-19 era and its ramifications for the future. Event hosts were required to document the sessions, facilitate introductions, introduce themes and keep the conversation going. Hosts recorded sessions under three points: “What’s been positive?”, “What’s been challenging?” and the sharing of examples of good practice.

The information from these sessions has been analysed to identify re-occurring themes, challenges and examples of practice and innovative approaches to delivering participatory theatre in a digital space. Collective Encounters has also been collaborating with the sector on a shared Games & Exercises Resource, and a library of useful documents for participatory theatre makers looking to develop their socially distanced practice.



Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Drama

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Burghes, A., Elliot, M. and Thornton, S. (2020). Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working? Liverpool: Collective Encounters.