Using theatre for good

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This is a very interesting theatre-based project documented by The Guardian:

Award-winning French photographer Patrick Willocq has recreated the experiences of children who have fled Burundi and Syria using personalised theatre sets. From perilous journeys to the battle to adapt to new environments, these are their stories

See the photos here.

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Frantic Assembly’s Chair Duets Challenge

UK theatre company Frantic Assembly create some amazing movement and physical theatre work, and the Drama Department uses a lot of their ideas in lessons.

They have recently launched a Chair Duets Challenge, asking people around the world to create their own Chair Duets using a simple devising technique. This is something we often introduce in Year 9 Physical Theatre lessons.

Watch the video above and then visit the Chair Duets Challenge website to find out more: there is a very clear How To video for creating your chair duet on the website.

It would be great to see some Harrow students uploading their work!

Applied theatre in action

This is an interesting article from the BBC which looks at the work done by Tim Robbins in prisons in the US:

In California, six out of 10 inmates will return to prison within three years of being released. But a drama workshop run in prisons by Hollywood actor Tim Robbins appears to cut this recidivism rate in half – by giving prisoners a chance to explore their emotions, and to gain some control over them.

There is also radio broadcast exploring this work, which can be listened to here.