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Report of the local pilot workshops

 

Venue: Babinski Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Cracow

Date: 2nd February 2018

Leader: Maria Schejbal

 

Please present your own experience in the most instructive, simple and clear way.

 

  1. Please present the characterization of the group and the participants (Special attention to the participants facing social obstacles, disability, economic obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences . How many would fall into this category? Which types of difficult situation are these participants facing?)

14 psychiatric outpatients + 1 therapist  

 

  1. Please describe the pilot workshops (The working process in detail divided into each session. Description of the venue, materials,  tools, etc.)

 

  1. “Two chairs” exercise  

The leader invites participants to sit in a semi-circle and places two chairs in front of them – one chair is comfortable for expressing positive feelings and the other uncomfortable (lying upside down) – for negative comments. The group is asked to reflect on their so-far adventure with puppetry art and participation in the workshops. A few people come to the chairs, more than one time but not everyone participates actively in this exercise.

At the end of this part most of the participants declare that they want to work on a theatrical piece to be performed for other patients and medical staff.

 

  1. Building scenario –working in sub-groups

The leader asks participant X, if he agrees that the group would work on his story-image (puppet on a lonely island) created during the previous session. X agrees and he recreates his scene, placing all the objects on the floor. The leader then divides the group into two teams. One will work in another room, inventing the action which could possibly precede the situation showed by X with his puppet. The second group in turn, is supposed to enact a short follow-up to the image in the space where it has been created by X. Both groups have about half an hour to work independently and develop/rehearse their acts with puppets. In the same time the leader interviews X about his image/story. They sit in a corridor, isolated from other participants. Together, they try to draft the scenario of a theatrical piece, analyzing all the details important for its course and content.

After a while everybody gathers to watch the piece showing what could happen with the main puppet hero before he finds himself on the lonely island. It`s a representation of a drinking party with drugs and violent behavior. Next, the second group presents their imaginary ending of the story. They start with singing Funeral March while leaning over the puppet. The ceremony is suddenly interrupted by the intervention of another character who helps the main hero to stand up.

Both presentations were discussed and shortly analyzed.

At the end both groups performed once more in the same space.

 

III. Summing-up the session  

The leader asks everyone to share their feelings and comments. X is the first to give his feedback. He admits that it was difficult but in the same time very interesting to watch both presentations. He could identify with some of the actions but in general they were far from his initial idea. However, he feels inspired by the point of view presented by the others.

The participants talk about putting on stage also the other puppet heroes and developing their stories during the next meeting.

 

  1. Please present the most interesting/representative case studies of adults participating in the workshop

To be completed at the end of workshop process.

 

  1. Please define clearly the motivation mechanisms and learning approaches used during the workshop

The main aim of this session was to advance progress towards making a “show” and to help participants to understand what the challenge was and how they felt about it.

“Two chairs” exercise provoked the group to talk openly about their workshop experience. It did facilitate sharing feedback on the workshop process thanks to the playful character of this task. Usually, people simply want to see how it feels to sit on a chair turned upside down, and once they enter the stage they start speaking.

Similarly, working in two separate groups on the beginning and ending of the same story raised curiosity. In the same time the group saw a real potential for structuring the etude.  

 

  1. Please write your comments/evaluation from the trainer’s point of view

It might be challenging for the leader to let participants work on their own for a while. Such situation sometimes gives a feeling of loosing control over the process. However, ii is a good way of fostering cooperation and independent decision-making.

Also, when the participants start coming out with their personal, often very painful and traumatic stories, the decision should be made how to proceed and constant attention must be given to what happens in the group / to individual participants.

 

  1. Please describe any interesting point of view of the participants relevant to the piloting

“Two chairs” exercise provoked the group to talk openly about their workshop experience. It is worth quoting these statements which reflect doubts and resistance, since they show how puppet theatre and theatrical activities in general can be perceived by different people.

-Puppet theatre is not my cup of tea. Playing with my own body and voice is far greater. I don`t want to play with dolls.

-Generally speaking, I like theatre. But I can see many logistic challenges. Will we be able to create something which could be presented to the spectators? Perhaps, we should find another, bigger space and invite some guests? All of these practical issues worry me a little bit.

-Being here is my own choice. Nobody forced me to participate in this workshop. But I don`t agree to perform in front of the audience coming from outside of our department. It`s OK to present our final show here. The question is (I am asking myself) to what extent I would like to unlock my mysteries, to express my inner world.

-I really loved the first session when we were making paper puppets. This was wonderful – constructing, creating. But I don`t like too much the following activities – rehearsing and performing with the group.

-Making puppets was absolutely wonderful. Revelation! Creating something from nothing. Now I feel that it has gone too far, to give up.

 

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