There are questions that surround our political system and whether it is broken or flawed, are we able to make our democracy work more effectively at a grassroots level?
The word democracy essentially means ‘people power’ and Theatre For Democracy embraces this original meaning. It creates space to explore these questions with people who may not normally have their voices heard.
We want to ask; Can art be used within democracy to build relationships and create dialogue between decision makers and the young people they represent?
The format of the project is to work with a group over 12 weeks. At weekly workshops, the group explores a wide variety of self-selected themes through theatre. The process results in a performance piece devised by the group and shared with an invited audience of local decision makers and people who have the power to change relevant issues (e.g. police services, housing associations, independent bodies etc.) After the performance, the facilitator moderates a discussion with the participants and audience around the issues highlighted in order to formulate a “take out of the room strategy” - something tangible or actionable, something which can be followed up to enable progress and real change.