Theatre can empower communities with the ability to voice and resolve issues through its participatory nature and collaborative processes. Below are video clips that document or exemplify the impact of theatre, performance and storytelling on diverse social issues.
Three Looms Waiting
A documentary about Dorothy Heathcote, who left school at age 14 to go to work in a mill. At 20 she won a place at a theatre school with her fees paid by the mill owner and four years later she was a lecturer in educational drama at the University of Newcastle. The film shows her work on Tyneside with a variety of young people.
Contacting the World
A documentary about the international theatre youth exchange programme.
A documentary about its history and processes.
Search for Common Ground in the DRC
Search for Common Ground in the DRC is a documentary in which director Lena Slachmuijlder speaks about using community-based participatory theater for conflict mitigation and peace building in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theatre as social catharsis is a theme explored by the Shakespeare Behind Bars program. This program offers theatrical encounters to incarcerated and post-incarcerated adults and juveniles, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.