In May 2017 we will travel to South Africa to participate in the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People and work with a network on the following research questions:
In what ways can the use of puppets alongside live performers complement and enhance conventional applied drama approaches such as Image Theatre, The Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of Witness and Playback Theatre?
In what ways can these applied drama techniques enhance the capacity of performances using puppets to address social issues and the problems of individuals?
How is the relationship between puppets and live performers in these performances to be understood? Do the concepts of Brecht’s V-Effekt, Boal’s metaxis, 'double-vision', 'opalisation' and kinaesthetic empathy apply?
How might the use of puppets influence or change the role of the 'spectactor' in Theatre of the Oppressed practice? Is it observed to encourage or inhibit participation?
The results will be published later in 2017.
In 2017 we will also partner with the Queensland Univeristy of Technology on our production of Laser Beak Man and produce a journal article on new technologies used in the production. More soon.