Reclaiming the dramatic

‘The Incarnational quality is essential to a theatrical performance’ ( Johnson & Savidge 2009) Over the last few weeks I have discussed the differences between Theatre and film, as an event (by the way i was quite numbed by the experience of watching Jurassic world at the cinema over the weekend), but in thinking about Theatre, it got me thinking about the comparisons between live … Continue reading Reclaiming the dramatic

Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork

Ive got to admit that in that moment when youthworkers get together and discuss about how films have shaped their youthwork, ive struggled. Probably because until recently i havent engaged critically with film as part of my life, or even that much with young people. Yes ive watched films ( and recently found ‘Jimmys Hall’ & ‘Selma’ very provoking and powerful in regard to working … Continue reading Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork

How useful is the metaphor of Theatre for the practice of (christian) Youthwork?

A few weeks ago i wrote about theodrama and Youthwork, as ive been reflecting on this a bit longer, i was wondering ‘what difference does it make?’  to think of (christian faith based) youthwork in Theodrammatic terms. I wonder if there are a number of things; Firstly, a Theodrammatic view of our youthwork provides us with a metaphor of the theatre, of acting, of stages, … Continue reading How useful is the metaphor of Theatre for the practice of (christian) Youthwork?

Church as space to rehearse participative theodrama

Last week I wrote about the concept of breaking through the invisible fourth wall when we act outside the confines of the invisible walls of church, which you can read here.  As I have continued to think about the theatre metaphor, I began to think about some of the other trappings of the theatre, not just the audience/stage divide; the expectation of the audience, the community … Continue reading Church as space to rehearse participative theodrama

Moving beyond the theatrical fourth wall

“It was an act of violence, it was shocking, in a sense it broke the invisible wall between the participant and the spectator, The way he entered into the arena of the fan, rather than stay in his own environment, he crossed into the invisible line, and i think that was different (to other dramatic sporting events)” That was the view of the broadcaster, and … Continue reading Moving beyond the theatrical fourth wall