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Forum Theatre in the Classroom: Using Role Play to explore social and cultural issues in school

Experience the Forum Theatre approach first hand whilst developing empathy and understanding around some of the issues migrant pupils may face in Highland schools. You will leave with the skills and confidence to use this technique with pupils in the classroom. Monday 18 May, Charleston Academy, Inverness. 4-6pm.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience real-life scenarios facing migrant or BME students using the technique of Forum Theatre. Forum Theatre was originally devised by Augusto Boal as a political tool for change but has been widely adapted for use in educational contexts. A scene showing some kind of oppression or discrimination is shown. During the replay, any member of the audience is allowed to shout 'Stop!', step forward and take the place of one of the characters, showing how they could change the situation to enable a different outcome.

Within our workshop, we will participate in several drama activities and games as a fun and easy route to warm up into the world of Forum Theatre. We will also engage in Image Theatre to explore different issues, attitudes and emotions, giving us insight into individual and group complexities without the pressure of performance! We will give you the tools to transfer these activities into the classroom to be used directly with pupils, or to take further in CPD as a training method to understand social and cultural issues within your school community.

This workshop is being delivered as part of Highland One World's 'Start the Change' project. This EU-funded project supports secondary teachers of all subject areas to explore issues around migration, inequality and the UN Sustainable Development Goals with learners. Secondary teachers and other education staff are the main target group for this CPD, though teachers of upper primary pupils who are keen to attend are also welcome.

This workshop will be run by Karen Higginbottom and Emma Salt-Harrison of Evolve Forum Theatre Consultancy based in North-East Scotland. Evolve Forum Theatre Consultancy uses Forum Theatre and other drama techniques as a tool for self-development and self-expression. Our workshops are tailored to the specific needs of each group, whether that may be teenagers, teachers, organisations or socially marginalised groups.

Karen Higginbottom trained in Forum Theatre and Jokering with Cardboard Citizens, a progressive theatre company that works with the Homeless. Evolve's most recent project as using Forum Theatre to depict the challenges that exist between a carer and their clients. In her other life, she works as a facilitator for the Growing2gether mentoring programme and was previously a journalist.

Emma Salt-Harrison trained as an actor and received her BA (Hons) Performing Arts from Salford University. She trained as a drama teacher receiving her PGDE (S) Drama with distinction at Aberdeen University. Emma as worked as an actor and drama teacher across the UK and USA, performing, producing shows, teaching and facilitator workshops for all ages and engaging across diverse communities and in schools.

Date: Monday 18 May

Venue: Charleston Academy, Inverness

Time: 4-6pm

Book via the Highland Council CPD site  Course ID: 69510




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