Can art change society? Here’s news of an exciting new community theatre project in Leith which aims to get people asking questions about the world around us. And maybe come up with some answers about how to change it. No theatre experience needed. Just turn up and get involved on Saturday 14 March in St James Hall, 12 St John’s Place.
It sounds like a theatrical version of Open Space, which is why Gavin Crichton got in touch with us. Gavin is director of the very innovative ACTive INquiry Theatre Company, who have just secured funding to run Space workshops in Leith exploring what ‘public space’ is and what it should be.
People taking part will help shape a brand new piece of theatre for performance in April and at the Leith Festival in June. Anyone who ‘lives, works or plays’ in Leith is welcome to join in. And it is free.
As Gavin explains: “We hope to get as many people along to the taster day as possible from a variety of Leith-based organisations to start to explore this question. We work in a type of theatre called Forum Theatre which actively engages the audience in a research process by enabling them to question what is happening in a play and even change its outcome!”
And we certainly would be there too if we weren’t already busy with the event for women, Who Cares for the Carers in Pilmeny Youth Centre on Saturday. But our event finishes at 3.30 and ACTive runs from 1-5pm so maybe there’s a chance to get the best of both worlds.
For more information or to book a place: email firstname.lastname@example.org
phone 0771 4321 629 or check the website www.activeinquiry.co.uk
ACTive INquiry in action
When spectators become actors, there is a chance to explore how the play might change reality. This kind of theatre, Theatre of the Opressed, comes from the work of Brazilian theatre artist and activist, Augusto Boal, with pioneering projects influencing politics and legislation in Rio de Janeiro. After all, Leith is twinned with Rio!