I am part of the group that is going to be implementing a Theatre in Education piece about the Congolese Independence Movement, and the Congo Crisis of 1960-1965. It is very exciting to be able to re-work this piece that three of us created in our Intro to Drama Conventions class, and do it in Africa. There are parts of this piece that give me chills, especially how after dramatizing independence we ask participants to make group images of their hopes and dreams for the new nation. Opening opportunities to imagine the kind of world/country/community we’d like to see is one way that theatre can be extremely useful socially. But is our drama too close to the participants lives to allow for a critical lens on the issues raised?

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  1. Patrick — This sounds really exciting. Can’t wait to hear how the piece works with your new students and what kind of changes you will need to make. – Sherry

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