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We should abandon behaviourism. We should be interested in action, not behaviour. ‘Behaviour’ implies that humans create their world from the inside out. The world is created within each different situation that arises. Using the word ‘action’ allows us to interpret human activity as adaptations between people not as scripts emanating from within. Applied theatre cannot be just about changing ‘behaviour’. 3. We need to challenge the primacy given to cognition. Performances do not belong to a creator cognitive God.

It generated a foundation from 34 which new projects derived their coherence and theoretical justification. ’ audience. It is important to emphasise that we were always theatre people interpreting and performing an approach, but also that performance was often unacknowledged in an apparent desire to belong to this new field rather than maintain the status of outsider. The new lines in the sand gave a number of years of comfort. They eased my bleary eyes and started to take me beyond my initial bewilderment.

Questions sprang up through every game and exercise. Suddenly we were running workshops in a double-cell classroom, with a diverse group of men, aged between twenty and fifty. They were constituents of an audience, an imagined ‘people’ (Boal, 2001, p. 240) that political theatre so often hopes for but rarely ever reaches. We were forced to ask exactly what sort of theatre should be done here. How in prison do we use theatre to create a celebration with individuals who may have robbed others of joy?

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