Snippets from the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity

Inspirational voices from different events across the ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People

An ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity workshop
A workshop at the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity

My third day at Cradle of Creativity was spent focusing on the sharing of stories.

Firstly, during the morning plenary at City Hall, I listened to Dr Vicensia Shule (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) speaking about her research on the interplay between music videos and traditional dances for Young Audiences. I also took part in a workshop by the Secret Dramaturgical Society entitled, How We Speak About Theatre for Young Audiences. Finally, I witnessed and took part in the Project21 exhibition, created by Swiss Artist Mats Staub.

What follows are some of the most interesting things I heard and discussed during the day.

On Theatre…

“Theatre has continued to be the voice of the voiceless.” – Dr Vicensia Shule, Department of Creative Arts, University of Dar es Salaam

“I think it’s a good thing that people show awareness of how productions fit into society.” – Workshop Participant

On how we speak about Theatre…

“I think it is a bad thing to assume that the person listening is academically informed to engage and contribute significantly.” – Workshop Participant

On Conversations and Stories…

“Interviews are often about taking. This project focuses on conversations, which is about giving.” – Mats Staub, Artist

“With one ear you listen to stories of complete strangers, with the other ear you are listening to yourself.” – Mats Staub, Artist

“Telling a story can be a transformative and healing moment. We often don’t have these opportunities in our lives. It can be powerful for participants, but it can also be powerful to listen to these stories.” – Maya Marie, Artist

Josephine is a Theatre Facilitator, Director and Producer from London. Her specific interests are in the Theatre in the Criminal Justice System, Theatre as Rehabilitation, Inclusive Theatre and Youth Theatre. A creative and dynamic practitioner with a good sense of humour, Josephine has worked across a variety of companies and settings all over the UK, with experience of working in Prisons and with Young Offenders to improve communication skills. Other recent projects have included Aladdin: The Pantomime with Herts Inclusive Theatre and Lewisham Youth Theatre’s gala performances.