By Helen Nicholson
Helen Nicholson examines the ways that drama and theatre were utilized to diversified neighborhood and academic contexts. She presents an outline of the theoretical recommendations underpinning perform in utilized drama and theatre and examines a number of practices within the mild of latest theoretical and political issues. utilized drama has an intensive democratic background, and this booklet explores how practitioners confront questions of neighborhood, creativity and citizenship in theatre that is oriented in the direction of social swap.
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Altruism is generally regarded as a positive attribute of society, but it is often used 30 APPLIED DRAMA rather loosely. 27 In this description, altruism is more closely associated with the motivation of the altruist than the effects on the recipient, which – like a gift – may or may not be welcome. Furthermore, Miller points out, it is more likely that altruistic gestures are offered to those whom the ‘altruist’ regards as deserving in some way – either morally, politically or ethically – and there is significant evidence to show that altruists are selective about who they help.
14 Brecht defined the relationship between activism and popular theatre in the following terms: Our conception of the ‘popular’ refers to the people who are not only fully involved in the process of development but are actually taking it over, forcing it, deciding it. We have in mind a people that is making history and altering the world itself. 15 Marxist interpretations of popular theatre, to which Brecht of course ascribed, would recognise only forms of expression that conform to a vision of social change based on the class struggle.
What was that new word . . scribble? I’ll write that down. It doesn’t sound too nice. He’s a scribbler that man. Simon: Well, that was short. Sweet girl . . bit naïve . . shy. Probably looks up to me: ‘The Writer’. 29 This play offers a salutary reminder that, when working in applied drama, good intentions to be good citizens are not always good enough. 30 As a practitioner working in a cultural context different from his own, Thompson suggests that a level of uncertainty and humility about the effect and effectiveness of this work is extremely productive.
Applied Drama: the Gift of Theatre by Helen Nicholson