Theatre- the art of looking at ourselves @ Blacktown, NSW

Date: 10-Nov-2020

        Blacktown RSL,  NSW- Tuesday 10th November 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: Tuesday 10th November 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

      Where: Blacktown RSL, 40 Second Ave, Blacktown NSW 2148

      Cost: The early bird booking is $275 registration occurs before 13th September 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 13th September is $330 (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 includes:

      "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."



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