Theatre is the Art of BEing
Using Theatre for learning allows us to observe, on the one hand, the visible and invisible. And to practice, on the other hand, new ways of moving, inter-acting, communicating, being present. You, your Self, your team, your whole organisation, your ecology. And both hands are not separate, as nothing is.
Theatre’s role in the world, expressed in different forms at different times, is to shine a light on the hidden, the forgotten, the avoided; those aspects of the Present that we’d rather not see, not hear, not acknowledge as being how we are. Theatre performs the stories, embodied through actors, so we fully – physically, emotionally, mentally as well as rationally – experience the impact.
We rehearse, through actors, how to move in more effective ways, individually or as a whole. More aligned to your Purpose; to embody meaning in your Presence. For others to be inspired by your story and its impact.
As used by toBE, Theatre becomes a potent breakthrough tool, enabling people and organisations to manage change. Even the most deeply-rooted corrosive cultures can be revealed and addressed through the power of performance and toBE’s holding of a trusting, restorative learning space.
The process, the performance and the development lets you test your strategy, by imagining parallel ways of being and using drama to see what the real-life consequences might be in each case.
Actors play out the real-life approach to problems or objectives in pre-prepared scenarios. Their inner thought and emotion is given in frozen moments of crucial inter-actions, so we experience the full human and ecological complexity at play. Then, participants are free to pause the drama and debate insights as they unfold.
By seeing how strategies may ‘play out’ we become better informed and prepared for real world outcomes – where emotion often confounds logic.
So, rather than planning abstractly in isolation, Theatre allows you to model your future physically and emotionally with the all-important element of human and ecological interaction.
It’s that same that dynamic and inter-being drama that makes for an experience deeply immersive and genuinely transformative.
A million miles away from flip-chart logic and limp handshakes of old-style change management.
Drama is always compelling. Especially your own.