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The Silent Majority: an Exploration of the Integration of Voting Software within Theatre in Education programmes

Reeves, Alison ORCID: (2015) The Silent Majority: an Exploration of the Integration of Voting Software within Theatre in Education programmes. In: Inspiring Curiosity Conference, 21st - 22nd October 2015, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. (Unpublished)

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I wanted to explore whether traditional Forum Theatre approaches can be enhanced by the use of integrated voting software to empower young people.
My research is based on two of a series of widening participation interactive TiE programmes focused on the decisions young people make on educational progression. I worked as a director alongside students studying Drama and Performance at The University of Worcester and the programmes have toured widely to schools across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. ‘It’s Up to You!’ (2013 – 2014) was aimed at years 8 and 9 choosing their GCSE options and ‘Move on Up!’ (2014 - 2015) looked at the hopes and fears of year 6 pupils about to go up to secondary school.
Finding a voice in Boal’s framework as a ‘specactor’ does not always appeal to a pupil who does not want to stand out from the crowd or is not familiar with a classroom where drama conventions are practised or understood. The anonymity of the voting software with results of decisions made appearing instantly on screen is certainly appealing to some pupils:
‘I also loved the keypads they gave us so that we could answer the questions without having to put our hand up and wait..’
This paper aims to interrogate the idea that empowering needs to not simply be about giving voice to a few confident group members but allowing the silent majority to be able to experiment with decision making in an educational and social context.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Theatre in Education, integrated voting software, decision making
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Alison Reeves
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 11:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:14

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