I suggest that methods of applied theatre, together with those of explicit body performance, may transform the script of rape. Traditionally these styles are considered to have nothing in common. In fact, theatre-types mark them as distinctly different. I on the other hand, believe they have something to offer each other.
Firstly though, it is worth exploring DIFFERENCES between these performative forms.
- The community is at the centre of performance enquiry
- Determines community needs through focus groups, community leaders, writing scripts, and determines themes with community
- Works to develop self-esteem, community-cohesion, education and empowerment
- May be termed an ‘intervention’ because it intervenes in a problem that is recognised by the community, NGO or government organisations
- Teaches performance skills as well as doing issue-based work
- Makes the community or issue explicit
- May draw upon traditional theatre styles, characters, and scripts; yet may also subvert these very structures
- Often draws upon folk art
Characteristics of Explicit Body Performance
- The artist/performer is at the centre of performance enquiry