Mind the Gap!

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Foster, G., Workman, David, Santiago-Jirau, Alexander and Garratt, Andrew (2020). Mind the Gap! London South Bank University.

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Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project
Foster, G. (2021). Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project. Youth Theatre Journal. 34 (2), pp. 146-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/08929092.2020.1842831
Mind the Gap! Documentation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Documentation.
Mind the Gap!
Foster, Gill, Workman, David, Santiago-Jirau, Alexander and Garratt, Andrew Mind the Gap!
Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation . Southwark Playhouse
CreatorsFoster, G., Workman, David, Santiago-Jirau, Alexander and Garratt, Andrew
Description

The Mind the Gap! portfolio documents an ongoing practice as research project investigating the socio-cultural impact of an intergenerational theatre collaboration between LSBU, the New York Theatre Workshop and the Southwark Playhouse Elder's company. The research focuses on two key questions: firstly the ethics of engaging different generations within an intergenerational practice and secondly, how we encounter theatre at the intersection of community and professional practice. Specifically, whether performances developed from this practice can exist as theatre with its own artistic validity rather than simply an extension of the community practice it is generated from.

The portfolio contains documentation relating to an ongoing practice-as-research applied theatre project. This comprises video material, participant evaluations, performance documentation and an article published in the International Youth Theatre Journal: Special Intergenerational Theatre edition

KeywordsApplied Theatre, Intergenerational Theatre
Year2020
PublisherLondon South Bank University
REF portfolio description

Mind the Gap! applied theatre project is a practice-as-research collaboration between LSBU, New York Theatre Workshop and Southwark Playhouse. The project addresses the potential impact for participants through intergenerational collaboration in theatre. Whilst this topic has been widely addressed over decades in the UK, so-called ‘reminiscence theatre’ (Schweitzer 2006) can create imbalanced group hierarchies, privileging younger participants’ agency over that of their elders. This project therefore had two primary research aims:

• to correct this inequity by engaging all participants as artistic co-creators
• to create a work with sufficient artistic integrity to function as a work of theatre in its own right.

In order to explore this, we applied a set of devising and rehearsal methodologies drawn from Liz Lerman’s critical response process (2001) and Moses Kaufmann’s ‘moment’ work (2003). In attempting this we encountered differences that had the potential to create an unbridgeable ‘gap’ but with the care of professional directors skilled at engaging community groups within a professional process the project achieved a mutually safe, supportive environment for all participants. Intergenerational theatre projects are often able to demonstrate impact in delivering socio-cultural and health benefits, but MTG! London went further, developing participants’ understanding and confidence in themselves as skilled, competent performers and, in the case of the students, as early-career professional artists.

As a result of this approach, the New York Theatre Workshop's MTG! project has undergone a radical transformation from its original format as an intergenerational playwriting programme. NYTW now also offer ‘The Performance Workshop’ developed directly from the partnership with LSBU. This new project has taken place in North Carolina, New Jersey, Santiago, Chile and in London again. The work is continuing, and the next step is to develop a new version of MTG! for early-stage dementia patients in collaboration with the charity, Arts 4 Dementia.

Portfolio itemsMind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project
Mind the Gap! Documentation
Mind the Gap!
Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation
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Deposited05 Mar 2021
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Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project
Foster, G. (2021). Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project. Youth Theatre Journal. 34 (2), pp. 146-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/08929092.2020.1842831
Mind the Gap!
Foster, Gill, Workman, David, Santiago-Jirau, Alexander and Garratt, Andrew Mind the Gap!
Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation . Southwark Playhouse
Mind the Gap! Documentation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Documentation.
As Divorce Approaches, a Bilingual Blood Wedding Opens a New Door
Foster, G. (2019). As Divorce Approaches, a Bilingual Blood Wedding Opens a New Door. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: New Plays From Europe Blog.
Unravelling Hierarchies: Engaging Performative Pedagogies Within A Creative, Transnational Partnership To Enhance Socio-Cultural Resilience
Foster, G. (2019). Unravelling Hierarchies: Engaging Performative Pedagogies Within A Creative, Transnational Partnership To Enhance Socio-Cultural Resilience. in: Campbell, L. (ed.) Leap into Action: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art and Design Education Peter Lang.