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047 – Isolation

  1. Research a significant event which is currently in the news. 
  2. One member of the group remains outside – that person will be the ‘participant’, while the rest of the group creates a short, immersive scene. The scene will bring together their research on the topic (such as statistics, facts, myths etc.). 
  3. Create a  short scene which will somehow make the participant question what they are experiencing. This can be achieved through aural disorientation – for example, through creating multiple sources of sound throughout the space. 
  4. Bring in the ‘participant’ and enact the scene around them.
  5. Reflect as a group on the piece and what it made the group think and feel. The participant also reflects on their experience of the piece.

 

Notes: Be careful to give clear instructions. This is an experimental piece and does not need to follow a stereotypical storyline or structure. In order to create a perplexing atmosphere, participants can simply use sound, noise, lights, the space and objects, etc.

Example from a group creating such scene as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

A participant goes out of the room and the lights in the room are being turned off. When the participant enters, they sit in the centre of the room. The space is completely dark and filled with sounds of coughing and screaming numbers. The scene demonstrates how scary the unfamiliarity of the pandemic was, and it was this unfamiliarity that gave rise to fear. In earlier workshops the group had discussed how such fear is the strongest because it gives rise to stereotyping, blaming, groupism, racism and segregation.

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