A Theatre for Social Justice Project in the UK

Catherine McNamara, Selina Busby

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This essay explores a collaborative Theatre for Social Justice project that took place in London, United Kingdom, in 2008 and involved fifty participants. The key question we ask is, What are the key challenges when bringing student and community participants together to create theatre? We will start by outlining the nature of the international collaboration and then will unpack some of the tensions that emerged during the process of making a play and in relation to the play as product of the process. We will conclude by considering to what extent we were successful in creating quality art and effective theatre, playfully questioning whether this project was a creative success or a site of carnage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStaging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre
EditorsNorma Bowles, Daniel-Raymond Nadon
Place of PublicationCarbondale and Edwardsville
PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-0809332397
ISBN (Print)978-0809332380
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameTheater in the Americas
PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press


  • Applied, writing, LGBTQ, trans, community


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