Applied Theatre: Resettlement: Drama, Refugees and Resilience: Applied Theatre

Autor Prof Michael Balfour, Penny Bundy, Bruce Burton, Dr Julie Dunn, Nina Woodrow Dr Sheila Preston
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The book offers a compelling combination of analyis and detailed description of aesthetic projects with young refugee arrivals in Australia. In it the authors present a framework that contextualises the intersections of refugee studies, resilience and trauma, and theatre and arts-based practice, setting out a context for understanding and valuing the complexity of drama in this growing area of applied theatre. Applied Theatre: Resettlement includes rich analysis of three aesthetic case studies in Primary, Secondary and Further Education contexts with young refugees. The case studies provide a unique insight into the different age specific needs of newly arrived young people. The authors detail how each group and educational context shaped diverse drama and aesthetic responses: the Primary school case study uses process drama as a method to enhance language acquisition and develop intercultural literacy; the Secondary school project focuses on Forum Theatre and peer teaching with young people as a means of enhancing language confidence and creating opportunities for cultural competency in the school community, and the further education case study explores work with unaccompanied minors and employs integrated multi art forms (poetry, art, drama, digital arts, clay sculptures and voice work) to increase confidence in language acquisition and explore different forms of expression and communication about the transition process. Through its careful framing of practice to speak to concerns of power, process, representation and ethics, the authors ensure the studies have an international relevance beyond their immediate context. Drama, Refugees and Resilience contributes to new professional knowledge building in the fields of applied theatre and refugee studies about the efficacy of drama practice in enhancing language acquisition, cultural settlement and pedagogy with newly arrived refugee young people.
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ISBN-13: 9781472533791
ISBN-10: 1472533798
Pagini: 248
Ilustrații: 10 illus
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Methuen Drama
Seria Applied Theatre

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Offers a compelling combination of analyses and description of aesthetic projects with refugees in Australia

Notă biografică

Michael St Clair Balfour is the Chair of Applied and Social Theatre in the Faculty of Education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His publications include Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters (2012), Performance: In Place of War, with J. Thompson and J. Hughes (2009), Drama as Social Intervention, with J. Somers (2006), and Prison Theatre: Theory and Practice (2004).Bruce Burton is Chair in Applied Theatre in the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of eight books in the field of drama and applied theatre.Associate Professor Penny Bundy works in the field of applied theatre and drama education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.Julie Dunn is Associate Professor at Griffith University, Australia.Nina Woodrow is a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.


List of illustrationsAcknowledgementsNotes on the authorsForeword PrefaceChapter 1 Introduction Part One Chapter 2 Refugee Resettlement: Arriving, becoming and belongingChapter 3 Framing the Practice: Participatory arts in resettlement contextsPart TwoChapter 4 A giant, a robot and a magic man: process drama in the primary yearsChapter 5 Acting Against Bulling: Managing conflict and bullying in a secondary drama classroomChapter 6 Passing the Sand: integrating arts and language pedagogies in a further education contextChapter 7 Conclusion - Living with hopeNotesBibliographyIndex


What is particularly rare about this book is its complete tracking of one project (albeit divided into sub-projects) over time ... This concentrated and longitudinal focus is unique not only within Bloomsbury's excellent Applied Theatre series ... but within applied theatre studies more generally. ... This means that Applied Theatre: Resettlement is of equal value as a teaching text in terms of modelling large-scale project design and evolution as it is in terms of moving theoretical and methodological knowledge substantially forward in the area of applied theatre practice with asylum seekers and refugees.
This book is one of a kind in its comprehensive range, careful mapping of the authors' philosophical perspectives and meticulous recording of such large and complex projects in applied theatre and arts ... This book may serve as a stepping stone for other practitioners to gain valuable insights to consider as they create their own programs serving their communities.
Of particular interest to readers might be the depth of reflexivity the authors demonstrate, offering fellow practitioners a series of best practices developed through trial and error as well as significant questions to consider. Similarly emerging from this exemplary case-study framework is a much more holistic view of refugees themselves. The book argues early on for a departure from the typical focus on traumatic personal narratives, which comprise a large majority of representations of refugees in performance and beyond, and instead champions refugee stories that prioritize community building, skills acquisition, and everyday moments of perseverance . The ecological practice of refugee performance that this book so excellently establishes in its introduction could be used to create performances that question and critique the social, cultural, and historical dynamics that produce refugees and construct such singular considerations of resettlement in the first place.