Applied Theatre: A Journey by Jennifer S. Hartley

By Jennifer S. Hartley

Jennifer Hartley takes her readers on a trip that's as gripping because it is instructive, starting up the area of utilized theatre to a bigger viewers via her awesome tales. She immerses us within the initiatives that experience formed her new angle to utilized theatre, be they in ganglands within the united states, with refugees in Africa, torture sufferers and their torturers in South the United States, early life initiatives within the united kingdom or engaged on the global challenge of household abuse in prisons and in other places. Her tales open up the realm of utilized theatre to researchers, educators and scholars within the box, yet this compelling ebook can also be for these new to utilized theatre.

For utilized theatre to paintings it needs to, believes Hartley, defy any unmarried definition or perform and be in consistent flux so it develops with each venture and the folks who're concerned. The paintings could be conscientiously deliberate however it isn't predictable. This booklet illustrates how lives may be replaced by utilizing utilized theatre.

Dr Hartley works nationally and across the world as an educator and director, adapting verified practices and constructing new methods in utilized theatre. She is the founder and director of the united kingdom registered charity Theatre as opposed to Oppression, which makes use of utilized theatre to result in optimistic switch and development.

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With a group so determined to be heard and so angered at the enforced silence imposed on them, I did not expect to be faced with a wall of silence when the workshops began. As individuals they had been very vocal and frustrated at not being listened to, yet when they were finally granted an environment in which they could be heard, their immediate reaction was silence. Finally they had a platform from which to speak, yet many found themselves unable to, or were so overwhelmed by working out where to begin that they resigned themselves to silence.

Their anger and frustration did not, as might be expected, centre on those who remained unpunished for their crimes against humanity, but rather on their not having been listened to. I began a project working with their stories, seeking not only to give them expression but to help people to speak again in a culture that had silenced them. I had met and worked with Augusto Boal during this period. Although I had not yet formed Theatre versus Oppression (TVO), I was working with some like-minded people on small theatre projects in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Those representing how others viewed them were often posed arrogantly, looking down on the world around them. All had wide stances and an air of control as if they were untouchable. Yet in their own views of themselves the statues were often grotesque, hiding their faces and fearful of being seen. When they moulded their ideal image, most took a form that indicated they were trying to explain or justify themselves. Nearly all the statues held their arms open, reaching out. In the group discussion afterwards the men agreed that they had struggled to mention certain things, that they had deliberately avoided other things and had shown an arrogant sense of self-righteousness.

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