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Heads Held High – A Podcast

On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, delegates of the International Drama in Education Research Institute were treated to a performance of Heads Held High, a production by Black Friars that brought together 60 young leaders from 9 South Auckland schools...

Kelly Freebody: Distance through critique: Moving beyond the ‘common-sense’ of drama for social change

This paper urges us to use a critical lens to distance ourselves from common-sense understandings of what we do and why. It unpacks key logics in our field – including participation, community, social justice,...

Michael Finneran: Distance and tyranny: Understanding drama, democracy & politics

Drama claims a unique relationship with democracy, politics and citizenship. We assert it as our birthright: borne from the ancient Greeks to Brecht; from Boal to Dario Fo. How sustainable is the claim? How...

Robin Pascoe and Peter Wright: Representation and authenticity in drama research

The ways that research is shared is often reductive, pseudo-scientific and may be missing the richness of lived experience. While experience is always embodied as researchers we work to be less removed from the...

Walking the Line Between Past and Present

Making Mandela and Insta-Grammar were both featured performances during the Cradle of Creativity's Focus Day on Theatre for Social Change, held on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Guga S’thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa Township.  Making Mandela, produced by...
Underground Library

Transformative Theatre

The South African production, The Underground Library (written by Jon Keevy and directed by Koleka Putuma), was a strong and exciting ensemble piece with an action-packed narrative that kept me on the edge of my...

Performing Culture

As part of ASSITEJ's Cradle of Creativity, I was lucky enough to see performances Khokho's Treasure and Dear Mr Government, Please May I Have A Meeting With You Even Though I’m Six Years Old? These two very different productions...

Healing Through the Arts

On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, Guga S’thebe Cultural Hub in Langa Township played host to a Focus Day on Theatre for Healing. The contributors brought in different and diverse perspectives - the day's activities ranged from...

A Look into Patrice Balbina’s World

The following podcast (6 minutes) explores the collaboratively devised, multi-lingual piece, Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter with the End of the World, from the varied perspectives of the Director (Fraser Corfield), some of the Cast...

A Conversation with Pim & Theo

Pim & Theo, a production by New International Encounter & Odsherred Teater, was an experience I will never forget. The immersive complexity of the show was on display throughout - from the scenography, script,...