ERIC Number: EJ881062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Reflective Praxis through Narrative and Poetry: Performing "Peace Mum"
Research in Drama Education, v15 n1 p79-87 Feb 2010
In the autumn of 2007 and spring of 2008 the author performed an adapted version of Dario Fo and Franca Rame's one-woman play "Peace Mom" (retitled for Canadian audiences as "Peace Mum") about American mother and peace activist Cindy Sheehan. The play was performed for University of Victoria Applied Theatre students and also in a number of Victoria area high schools. One of those schools was the Pearson College of the Pacific, an international pre-university programme sponsored by the Canadian federal government. Pearson provides scholarships to students from 100 countries, and the evening the author performed "Peace Mum" to this unbelievably diverse audience--including students from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel and many other war-torn countries--was a remarkable experience. The author had been holding the experience of what had happened in her talkbacks of "Peace Mum" in a very reflective way since the production. In this article, the author offers this narrative and two poems as reflections on this experience that try to do two things: (1) to present her post-show in-role conversations about this play with young people accurately; and (2) to illustrate the potential that narrative and poetic approaches can have to communicate emotionally charged moments in people's professional and personal lives.
Descriptors: Audiences, Experiential Learning, Poetry, Dramatic Play, Reflection, Drama, Theater Arts
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