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Applied theatre conference to be held in Derby

Published: 7 December 2018

Derby Theatre and the University of Derby are to host a conference on applied theatre which will be a day of “vibrant conversation” and “dynamic workshops”.

Exploring New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre promises to be a “fascinating and insightful” day. Workshops will be led by “some of the country’s leading practitioners in applied theatre”.

Caroline Barth, creative learning director at Derby Theatre, said, “this feels like just the right time for us to be covering a conference like this. As our learning theatre model develops and we start our new MA in applied theatre and education, we welcome the chance to bring practitioners, students, academics and communities together to challenge our practice and find new ways to make a positive impact on society.”

Andy Watson MBE, artistic director of Geese Theatre, will explore the use of mask in co-creating work in custodial settings, working non-verbally and with silence. Deborah Pakkar-Hull, artistic director of Blah Blah Blah, will examine the use of questioning to develop confident and curious learners. Former head of projects at Cardboard Citizens Tony McBride will explore how we can share the stories that matter to young people. Tim Wheeler, senior lecturer at the University of Worcester, will look at how we collaborate and co-create with learning disabled artists.

The conference will be held on Monday 21 January. Places can be booked at the Derby Theatre web site.

Steve Orme