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Hong Kong Masters and PhD Theses Drama Education Theatre-in-Education (TiE) Forum Theatre Process Theatre Theatre of the Oppressed

Changing Practice?− Exploring the potential contribution of applied theatre training to capacity building for NGO workers in China

Does applied theatre training contribute to capacity building for NGO workers in China? If so, how, and what factors might support or inhibit its effective application? This study adopts a blend of reflective practitioner research and action research as methodology centring on an applied theatre training workshop with a group of Chinese NGO workers. It draws from adult education literature in the area of experiential theories of adult learning and pedagogy, and the growing literature related to applied theatre and drama education. Both of these literatures raise theoretical issues concerning holistic learning and mindful and reflective practice, and a wide range of relevant categorisations of learning paradigms, fields and modes is canvassed.

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Hong Kong Masters and PhD Theses General Theatrical Skills

Re-considering affects in applied theatre: from the perspective of Michael Chekhov’s psycho-physical acting approaches

Thompson (2012) urges applied theatre practitioners to pay more attention to affective properties in applied theatre. This dissertation uses Chekhov’s (1991) psychophysical acting theories, as an artistic and acting approach, to examine how body/mind interaction stimulates affective properties in an applied theatre setting. Autoethnography is applied as the methodology for contributing the interpretation of affect from a subjective angle. I found that psycho-physical acting provides a new angle to enable understanding of how body and mind affect each other and produce the effect of self-understanding and the development of well-being. This dissertation suggests that understanding body and mind interaction could help practitioners to discover more potential benefits in applied theatre.

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Hong Kong Masters and PhD Theses General Theatrical Skills Elderly Drama Education Women Youth / Adolescents Community Theatre Theatre Games

Intercultural theatre approach in applied theatre: A multi-case study approach in Las Ranas and TYPT: 05

Identity is to be different from other people but that self-definition is not recognized by others all the time. Globalization and the standardization of the diversity of culture in terms of a ‘melting pot’ is a cause from concern. This research aims to explore how intercultural theatre approaches can be used in applied theatre in the community, in a diversity of cultural settings by two case studies, Case study 1 – Las Ranas in Spiral and Case study 2 – TYPT: 05 in Talawa. The research data was collected by four methods: participant and non-participant observation, semi-structured interview and questionnaire. The result will show that the participants responded positively during working with diverse cultures. There were no insurmountable obstacles or barriers between each participant with regard to cultural and language differences. While no one tradition can link all those differences, and an intercultural theatre approach could provide diverse cultures with a platform for developing an individual’s potential. That fulfills the objective of applied theatre that it raises up the awareness, and empowers the participants. In conclusion, there is an interrelationship between an intercultural theatre approach and applied theatre.

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