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Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What Shall We Do About Theatre and the Performing Arts Now?

I'm missing a body organ, are you? Do you want to write about it?

hannah gagen - 14 January 2017

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This question didn't answer ‘what are we going to do about theatre and performing arts?’ Rather it helped some of us in the group answer some questions about our stories of missing a body part.

There was one, if not two notable outcomes of the session. One was individually we may continue or start to create work based on what we are missing. Some of us had already made works across the art forms, whether music, or visual arts about our experiences. The other was that interestingly, what also brought us together was the fact that it wasn't what we were missing, but what we had in common, which was a shared experience of sorts. The experiences weren't experienced at the same time, nor place, but they felt bonding in some way, honest that we had spoken about them frankly, together.

Broadly we discussed how best to record these experiences if we were to make work from them. write, make, compose? Themes of confidence, language, isolation, frank conversations, honesty, care, shock were uttered. Conversations about what we were like before, and how we are now.

Ironically, writing this seemed like one of the hardest parts of the session for me. I wanted to make sure I've captured what we said, but without being too personal. If anyone who was in the session wants to add or amend, please do. Hopefully I have covered it in a way you're all happy with.
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