Audacious Citizenship – new project!
Dr Rachel Turner King (Principal Investigator, Education) and Professor David Mond (Global Sustainable Development), Dr Bobby Smith (Theatre and Performance Studies) has been awarded Coventry City of Culture funding for the project “I don’t want your hope, I want your action”: exploring youth eco-citizenship through verbatim theatre and digital ethnography in the city.
This project invites local school pupils to become active researchers. Using digital ethnography and verbatim theatre, the young people will work collaboratively to investigate the complex interrelationships between their environment, their lives and the climate crisis.
Drawing on the interdisciplinary background of the team, an applied theatre approach will enable open discussion around these issues and provide an opportunity for young people to explore the climate crisis creatively, and to perform their findings to audiences in the city.
Dr Rachel King's Story Garden entertained, challenged and moved residents in Canley
Dr Rachel Turner-King and a team of volunteers organised a pop-up Story Garden in Canley Community Centre, with four themed areas of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter representing different aspects of learning. She said:-
“We were thrilled with the turn-out. My aim was to welcome the public into a transformed space that brought the outdoors indoors! I also wanted to create a space that felt inviting, enchanting and beautiful.
“In the Summer garden we invited visitors to co-create stories by finding curious treasures hidden amongst the tree-trunks and branches and using these objects as prompts for creative writing. One young boy found some old keys, some shells and a spoon. We co-created a story about a prisoner who was washed up on a shore and had found 5 magic shells that would help him unlock the secret library in the castle. It was really impressive how quickly he took to storytelling in this way.
“I feel like we can really take this idea of a transportable Pop Up Story Garden to other venues around the city and it’s something we want to develop in the near future.”
Save the dates! 10th IDiERI (International Drama in Education Research Institute) conference: Warwick, 5th -12th July 2021
Save the dates!
The 10th IDiERI (International Drama in Education Research Institute) conference will be held here at the University of Warwick in July 2021. 2021 is the year Coventry will be the UK City of Culture
More details very soon…
Thursday 30th June, 6pm - 7.30pm
M2 WBS Teaching Centre
You are warmly invited to an evening of provocations and discussion about Coventry, a city that is celebrating, reimagining and investing in its cultural identity by bidding for the UK’s Capital of Culture 2021.
A major aspiration of Coventry’s bid is ‘place-making’, which aims to create spaces of belonging and engagement for its residents and visitors. This event will reflect on and question the multiple and diverse ways that communities participate in ‘place-making’ in urban settings. An international panel will share details of current collaborations between academic researchers, local artists and cultural organisations. These partnerships aim to foster meaningful connections between Coventry’s diverse communities, creating new ways of experiencing and participating in the city’s urban landscapes.