City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW- Thursday 5th March 2020
Theatre always sounds…well, kind of theatrical really. The word can conjure up some unusual images. But the techniques actors use to develop themselves and how they use ‘theatrical techniques’ to prepare for a ‘show’ provide us non-actors with rich territory to explore.
There are strategies to build rapport and trust between actors so they can confidently rely on each other on stage. There are techniques that
help them connect with an audience, get their attention, tell a story, invite involvement. Gee! It sounds just like groupwork doesn’t it?
Whether you’re working with very large or very small groups, and no matter the purpose of the group nor the age of the participants these
approaches all fit.
So this workshop is about how to make use of the thinking, the intensions and the strategies that theatre has to offer us no matter what sorts
of groups we are running; and how to adapt and mould all this to the work that we do. This is a very interactive, and at times challenging
(in the best possible way) workshop. Augusto Boal, who gave us the interactive problem-solving gift of ‘Forum Theatre’, also gave us the
above quote: ‘Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves.’ And he’s right.
When: Thursday 5th March 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Where: City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW, 565 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: The early bird booking is $255 registration occurs before 5th February 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations
after the 5th February is $310 (GST included). No morning tea or lunch is provided for this workshop at this venue. Participants can purchase
refreshments at multiple shops in the near vicinity.
To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before
the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.
Facilitator: Peter Slattery
Peter has worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. He lives in Sydney, but works throughout Australia as well as Asia,
Europe and North America. He has written 'Youth works’ and produced the training DVD 'Conversations with young people', and most recently the
group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. He strives constantly to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore
what troubles or inspires them. In this quest, he calls on anything that might be helpful; physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing,
what might be called ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. Peter says "what a totally challenging
joy all of this is"!
Feedback from previous workshops
We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page.
Some of the feedback collected from 175 participants between 2012 and 2018 in Peter Slattery’s Groupwork and Young People workshop
"Pete is great – engaging – informative."
"All of the content was important and relevant. I really enjoyed building confidence with group-based stuff."
"There are activities that I can use straight away and I am looking forward to positively adapting the way I engage groups."
"Excellent mix of hands on activities and learning backed up by theories about why it works."
"I loved all of it – such a privilege to spend this time with you and learn from your knowledge and stories Pete."