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071: Forum Theatre as a Facilitation Tool to Understand Human Interactions with Pernille Jacobsen

Forum Theatre as a facilitation tool to understand human interactions with Pernille Jacobsen

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Forum Theatre is a unique approach to facilitation – creating space for change and reflection through creativity, play, and certainly some bravery (to begin with!)

Though the concept fascinates me, I have not had the chance to explore it in as much detail as I would have liked to. To have Pernille Jacobsen, a brilliant facilitator and Forum Theatre practitioner, join me on workshops work gave me the opportunity to change that – and I was not left disappointed.

Forum Theatre and facilitation share many similarities, but cast the other in new lights when considered as two halves of a ‘whole’.

If you listen to this episode, you will find out about:

  • What makes Forum Theatre unique and so impactful
  • How Forum Theatre works on a practical level, and how Pernille uses it in a facilitative setting
  • What Forum Theatre has taught Pernille as a facilitator, and what facilitation has taught her as a Forum Theatre practitioner
  • How, if at all, Forum Theatre can be translated in a virtual environment
  • What facilitation and Forum Theatre might look like in the future

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Questions and Answers 

 

[01:11] When did you start calling yourself a facilitator?

[03:03] What would your hashtag be?

[05:47] Can you explain more about Forum Theatre?

[09:19] Are participants actively involved in scenes from the beginning, or do you take the lead on the performance and bring them in afterwards?

[18:38] Do participants play themselves or put themselves in others’ shoes?

[21:00] How do you debrief in Forum Theatre?

[24:09] Do you combine Forum Theatre with other types of facilitation?

[25:21] What have you learned about facilitation from Forum Theatre, and vice versa?

[29:00] How do you brief a group before starting a Forum Theatre workshop?

[38:02] What makes workshops fail?

[42:32] How do you translate Forum Theatre into a virtual environment?

[45:08] Are participants more willing or reluctant online?

[48:44] What is your vision for Forum Theatre in 2021?

[52:42] What one thing would you like listeners to take away from this episode?

 

 

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