that drama might play – 3/9/10

From Helen Nicholson’s Applied Drama – The Gift of Theater


Both Philip Taylor and James Thompson stressed the role that drama might play in opening cultural assumptions for critical scrutiny, providing an opportunity for participants to work ‘towards ambiguous or incomplete moments’ (Taylor) and, in Thompson’s terms, offering a ‘break with certainty’, enabling participants to think, feel and see things differently. Active and creative participation in performance practices that dislodge fixed and uneven boundaries between ‘self’ and ‘other’ is, in many ways, the subject of this book. (24)


We choose silence as a tactic for mass-action because it breaks the most, is the most broken, and the least certain. It will be a lot of work.

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