Journal article

Withholding the personal story: using theory to orient practice in applied theatre about HIV and human rights

Helen Cahill

Research in Drama Education: the journal of applied theatre and performance | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


When applied theatre is used in service of a health promotion or rights agenda, particular responsibilities come into play. The artist must be able to articulate their theory of change and translate it into action. In this article, I trouble the borderline between an ethical and an exploitative use of story when working to provide opportunities for 'youth voice'. I use a reflective practitioner method, working between theoretical argument and case story involving a project conducted in Thailand with a group of young drug users who were commissioned to make the 'youth voice' plenary presentation at Response Beyond Borders: The Second Asian Consultation on the Prevention of HIV-related to Drug..

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